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April 27, 2008 3:49 PM

No Huskies drafted UPDATED (Russo to Seahawks)

Posted by Bob Condotta

The NFL Draft is over and no Huskies were selected, meaning guys like Louis Rankin and Marcel Reece are now left to fend for free agent contracts.

It is only the second time since the advent of the modern draft that no Huskies were selected.

The other year was 2003.

What those seasons have in common is that each came essentially four years after a coaching change that led to a truncated recruiting class. The draftable players in this year's class were either those still remaining from 2003 --- Rick Neuheisel's last class at UW --- those from 2004 -- Keith Gilbertson's only full class as UW's caoch --- or JC transfers such as Reece.

The Huskies were one of two Pac-10 teams that didn't have any players selected, Stanford was the other.

There were 34 PAC-10 players selected. Here's a breakdown by school:

USC --- 10
Cal --- 6
Arizona State --- 5
Arizona --- 4
UCLA -- 3
Oregon --- 3
Oregon State --- 2
Washington State --- 1

UPDATE --- Anthony Russo has signed a free agent deal with the Seahawks. As I wrote last week, he worked out with the Seahawks a few weeks ago, and the team was impressed with his punt returning ability. He has an ally with the Hawks in Gilbertson, now an assistant with the Seahawks who was always high on Russo's ability during his years as UW's head coach.

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