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Commanders select Cole Turner with No. 149 overall pick

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The Washington Commanders selected tight end Cole Turner in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft. Turner is the 34th tight end selected by Washington in franchise history. It is the second-consecutive season Washington has selected a tight end in the draft. 

Turner, (6-6, 240) is the 508th selection made by Washington in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 80th fifth-round selection in franchise history. 

Turner played in 45 games at the University of Nevada from 2018-21 and had 117 receptions for 1,370 yards and 20 touchdowns.

As a senior in 2021, Turner had 62 receptions for 677 yards and 10 touchdowns, the most in the Mountain West Conference and tied for second amongst tight ends in the nation. He was selected to the All-Mountain West Second Team. 

As a junior, Turner had 49 receptions for 605 yards and nine touchdowns. He was selected to the All-Mountain West First Team. 

Turner is the fourth player to be selected out of Nevada by Washington and the first since wide receiver Marko Mitchell was taken in the seventh round in 2009. 

A native of Clackamas, Ore., Turner attended Clackamas High School. Helped lead his team to a state championship in 2017 and three consecutive conference titles. He earned a slew of accolades during his high school career including two first team all-league honors and was named first team all-state in 2017.