There is a select group of players from Inland Northwest high schools and colleges who have gone on to be selected in the 1st or 2nd round of the NFL Draft. This week Gonzaga Prep grad Bishop Sankey and former Washington St. safety Deone Bucannon may join that list.
In the last 20 years nine players have been drafted in the opening two rounds out of area college football programs (WSU, Idaho and Eastern Washington):
2010: Mike Iupati, Idaho (49ers 1st Round)
2005: Michael Roos, EWU (Titans 2nd Round)
2003: Marcus Trufant, WSU (Seahawks 1st Round)
2002: Raonall Smith, WSU (Vikings 2nd Round)
1998: Ryan Leaf, WSU (Chargers 1st Round)
1998: Leon Bender, WSU (Raiders 2nd Round)
1998: Dorian Boose, WSU (Jets 2nd Round)
1997: James Darling, WSU (Eagles 2nd Round)
1995: Mark Fields, WSU (Saints 1st Round)
The group of local high school products that made the jump following college is much smaller. Here is the list, dating back to 1992:
1997: James Darling, Kettle Falls (Eagles 2nd Round)
1992: Steve Emtman, Cheney (Colts 1st Overall)
1992: Jason Hanson, Mead (Lions 2nd Round)
Sankey and Bucannon are both projected by many as 2nd round picks. The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft takes place Thursday, May 8th. Rounds two and three takes place Friday, with the draft wrapping up Saturday.