UW LBs Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria drafted in 6th round
A pair of Washington Huskies linebackers were selected on back-to-back picks in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Azeem Victor was the fourth Washington Huskies player to be picked in the NFL Draft, going 216th overall to the Oakland Raiders. With the next pick, Keishawn Bierria went to Oakland’s AFC West rival Denver.
Victor was first-team All-Pac-12 as a junior in 2016, but he was suspended after a DUI charge in 2017, and he played just nine games (five starts). He was a candidate to leave after his junior season, but those plans were derailed when he suffered a broken leg against USC in November 2016.
Bierria led the nation with five fumble recoveries in 2016 (tying a school record) and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in both 2016 and 2017.
With Victor and Bierria, the Huskies finished the draft with five players selected. The others were Vita Vea (first round, Tampa Bay), Dante Pettis (second round, San Francisco), and Will Dissly (fourth round, Seattle).