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Huskies linebacker Travis Feeney drafted in sixth round by Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington linebacker Travis Feeney knocks the helmet of UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton during a Nov. 8, 2014 game in Seattle. Feeney was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday with the 220th overall pick in the sixth round.
Washington linebacker Travis Feeney knocks the helmet of UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton during a Nov. 8, 2014 game in Seattle. Feeney was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday with the 220th overall pick in the sixth round. AP file, 2014

Washington Huskies linebacker Travis Feeney is headed to Pittsburgh.

Feeney, UW’s top prospect in this year’s NFL draft, was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday with the 220th overall pick in the sixth round. The Huskies have now had at least one player selected in each of the last seven NFL drafts, after being shut out in 2008 and 2009.

Feeney, a 6-foot-4, 226-pound outside linebacker, was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season after finishing with 17.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He began his UW career as a safety but spent his final season at the hybrid “buck” linebacker position, which emphasizes pass-rushing off the edge. Feeney’s sack and TFL totals ranked third in the Pac-12.

The Richmond, California, native ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and posted a 40-inch vertical leap, but did not work out at UW’s Pro Day after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.

He is the first UW player drafted by the Steelers since defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu in 2012. Also, as noted on Twitter by UW sports information director Jeff Bechthold, the Steelers’ Northwest area scout is former UW tight end Mark Bruener -- who was also drafted by the Steelers out of UW in the first round in 1995.

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