Baker, Jones, Qualls Also Headed To NFL Draft

Four Washington football players – safety Budda Baker, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive lineman Elijah Qualls and wide receiver John Ross – have opted to forgo their senior seasons and enter their names in the 2017 NFL Draft.

"These four players have been a big part of the progress this program has made during their time here," said UW head coach Chris Petersen. "We wish them all the success in the world as they pursue their professional goals."

The Huskies completed a 12-2 season in the College Football Playoff semifinal last Saturday at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Baker, from Bellevue, Wash., was a consensus first-team All-America selection as a true junior in 2016.  He led the Husky defense with 71 total tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. He also notched three sacks and two interceptions for a defense that led the Pac-12 in both scoring and total defense. Baker started all 41 games of his three-year career at the UW

Jones was a three-year starter (39 of 41 games) at cornerback who led the UW (or shared the lead) in interceptions as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior in 2016, the Diamond Bar, Calif., product earned second-team All-America from the Football Writers and Sports Illustraed, as well as first-team honors from scout.com. He notched three interceptions with six additional pass break-ups in 2016.

Qualls, from Petaluma, Calif., is a fourth-year junior, having redshirted in 2013. A two-year starter, he earned first-team All-Pac-12 in 2016, recording 38 tackles and five tackles for loss. FOX Sports named him second-team All-America in 2016.

Ross, also a fourth-year player, came back from injuries that cost him the 2015 season to record one of the most successful seasons by a wide receiver in UW history. His 17 touchdown receptions were second-most in both Husky and Pac-12 history, earning him second-team AP All-America as well as first-team honors from ESPN and scout.com. The Long Beach, Calif., native also played cornerback during his Husky career and returned a school-record four kick returns for touchdowns as a Husky.


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