2022 NFL draft: Washington’s Trent McDuffie declares

Washington protective back Trent McDuffie, among the nation’s leading cornerbacks, informed Yahoo Sports that he’s leaving school early to get in the 2022 NFL draft. 

McDuffie, a real junior, stated the choice followed conversations with his household, and previous and existing coaches at Washington.

“We decided it was the best time for me to take this next step on this new adventure,” McDuffie stated in a phone interview.

McDuffie jobs in the back-half of the preliminary of the draft, and he’ll get in the NFL with track record as a strong cover corner, sure tackler and ready special-teamer. He had 6 pass splits this season as the linchpin of Washington’s elite pass defense, making first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

In spite of a 4-8 record, Washington led the country with the least death lawns allowed 2021 and ended up 3rd nationally in pass effectiveness defense. McDuffie ended up with 4 takes on for loss and 35 overall takes on.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 06: Trent McDuffie #22 of the Washington Huskies celebrates a safety against the Oregon Ducks during the first quarter at Husky Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 06: Trent McDuffie #22 of the Washington Huskies commemorates a security versus the Oregon Ducks throughout the very first quarter at Husky Arena on November 06, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Picture by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

“I am very hard-nosed, physical and disciplined, and I’d like to call myself a technician,” McDuffie stated when asked what he’d give an NFL group. “I’m a film junkie and am dedicated to the details of my position and to the details of football.”

McDuffie stated he designs his strategy from studying Stephon Gilmore, appreciates the “attitude and confidence” of Jalen Ramsey and has long tried to imitate the sure-tackling of fellow Husky Budda Baker.

McDuffie’s volatility is a specifying characteristic, as he forecasts strong screening numbers.

The 41.5-inch vertical leap he signed up at Washington would have put him amongst the leading protective backs in the 2021 draft. His 129.5-inch long jump was the very best on the Washington group and will likewise sign up as a high-end number for a protective back.  

McDuffie is 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, and he’s all set for individuals to ignore him due to the fact that of his height.

“I honestly think that’s my little secret sauce,” he stated of the apprehension. “Knowing that there are people who think height matters. That’s kind of what keeps me going and allows me to play so fast and physical. I don’t have height, but I have a lot of speed and physical power.”

McDuffie states he’s willing to play any position that an NFL group pleases, and he revealed his giddiness to contribute on unique groups.

“I want to be anything and everything,” he stated. “Whatever the NFL wants, I’ll be – nickel, corner, safety or dime backer. I’m someone who wants to contribute to the team as best I can.

“I love special teams. It’s the most fun on the field. That’s something we got from [Washington], the mentality that every DB should be on teams. We take pride in knowing that there’s more defensive backs on special teams than any other position on the team.”

Washington has actually established a track record as one of the leading programs for producing protective backs, as 8 members of the Huskies secondary have actually been chosen given that 2017, consisting of Baker, Kevin King and Taylor Rapp. That family tree, cultivated by previous head coach Jimmy Lake and previous protective backs coach Will Harris, has actually set a requirement that McDuffie has actually been influenced to measure up to.

“I think it’s definitely something I take pride in,” he stated. “From the past, guys like Budda Baker and Sidney Jones, they really set a standard and a way for the country to look at Washington defensive backs. This year, I took that on myself to make sure I took that standard and raised it a little bit more.”

He’ll likewise continue a remarkable tradition from his high school, St. John Bosco in Southern California. Current graduates of coach Jason Negro’s program consist of Wyatt Davis, D.J. Uiagalelei and Josh Rosen. “I feel like at Bosco, there’s a standard for building yourself to be a Division I football athlete,” McDuffie stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.