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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Washington junior LB/S Shaq Thompson as a Rounds 4-5 prospect.

Thompson has primarily been an undersized, 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker for the Huskies, even though he signed as a safety. Interestingly, Pauline listed him as a safety. Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote last month that Thompson is "best suited to the weakside linebacker role in a predominately 4-3 scheme." Thompson is also expected to play some running back in 2014.
Jul 13 - 8:02 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters earned a preseason Round 2 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Last month, CBS Sports' Rob Rang was a bit more optimistic, calling Peters a potential first-rounder. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Peters broke out to earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last season with 55 tackles, 14 pass break ups and five interceptions. He has a great frame, good speed and athleticism, sound technique, and an aggressive game.
Jul 12 - 9:05 PM

Redshirt senior DE Josh Shirley has left the Washington football program.

Shirley wants to play his final season closer to home of southern California, according to Adam Jude. While his production has declined each season, Shirley registered 25 tackles for loss in three seasons. Shirley signed with UCLA out of high school but an off field issue (which also involved Paul Richardson) flipped his commitment. He should be eligible to play immediately.
Jul 2 - 12:52 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Washington senior Ben Riva could remain at RT in the NFL.

"Despite being listed as smaller than linemate [Micah] Hatchie, Riva possesses a more traditional broad-shouldered, evenly distributed frame that could allow him to remain at right tackle in the NFL, as he's played capably the past two seasons for Washington," wrote Rang. "Riva doesn't possess ideal agility to handle speed rushers but plays with good technique and strength to latch and control opponents in pass protection and when run-blocking." The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Riva runs a 5.12 forty. CBS ranks him as the No. 64 preseason OT.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 3:23 PM

Washington redshirt senior OT Micah Hatchie's slender frame might force him to play guard in the pros, observes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Hatchie enters his senior season having started the past two seasons at left tackle for the Huskies. "He possesses a relatively slight frame that may see him pushed inside to guard at the next level," Rang wrote. "He flashes the combination of initial quickness, balance and lateral agility to intrigue zone-blocking offenses." The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Hatchie runs a 5.28 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 3:06 PM

Washington senior ILB John Timu "will generate NFL consideration," writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder is a three-year starter and two-time captain. "Timu has enough size, athleticism and physicality to have a shot at the NFL but likely will be moved back outside, as he takes too many false steps," writes Rang. Timu runs a 4.83 40-yard dash.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 2:19 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is "a classic two-gap run-plugger," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Shelton has been awarded honorable mention all-conference honors two straight years, spiking his production from 11 tackles to 45 to 59 over the past three. "Shelton has the brute strength to bull-rush opponents into the backfield but has just phone-booth quickness, which allows ball-carriers to squirt free, resulting in 'just' 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to this point," Rang wrote. "Shelton's game is based on his size and power but he cannot allow his weight to get out of control." The 6-foot-1, 327-pound defensive lineman doesn't quit and moves well for someone his size, but he'll have to start turning down desert if he values his NFL Draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 2:03 PM

Washington redshirt senior DE Hau'oli Kikaha is "a proven pass rusher with burst, agility and instincts," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder has plenty of talent, but also comes with all sorts of durability questions after missing half the 2011 season and all of 2012 with left ACL tears. Kikaha is coming off one of the best seasons ever for a Huskies' defensive lineman, recording 70 tackles -- 15.5 for loss -- and 13 sacks (tied for second most in school history). "Kikaha has good initial quickness to challenge tackles' reach, as well as the agility to counter back to the inside," Rang wrote. "His prep experience as a wrestler is clear with his use of leverage and balance to beat blockers and get into the backfield as a pass rusher. That said, Kikaha's production is inflated due to Washington's ability to cover downfield and his high-revving motor, with eight of his sacks last season coming in three games (Idaho State, Washington State and BYU). He does not possess ideal size and needs to add strength to hold up against the run."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 6:26 PM

Rob Rang of CBS Sports wonders if Washington senior WR Kasen Williams possesses the explosiveness to separate from NFL corners.

The stud prep recruit from Skyline High School was Washington's first ever Parade All-American Player of the Year (2010-11). Williams and Mackey Award-winning TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had to be a little miffed when Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo spread offense spotlighted slot WRs Jaydon Mickens and John Ross in 2013. Williams caught only 29 passes for 421 yards and one touchdown over his first eight games before breaking his left fibula and suffering a foot injury against Cal, which ended his season and led to two surgeries. "Williams accelerates smoothly off the line of scrimmage and uses his body well to shield corners from the ball on quick slants," Rang wrote. "Too often he's forced to push off defenders on comebacks and deep-outs and he rarely was targeted by former Washington quarterback Keith Price on vertical routes. He is a highly physical receiver, whose aggression and strength made him very effective blocking on the perimeter."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 6:09 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters "physical, aggressive and athletic."

Peters broke out to earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last season with 55 tackles, 14 pass break ups and five interceptions. At 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, he looks the part. "He has good overall musculature with broad shoulders, long arms and a trim middle," Rang wrote. "He has good initial quickness and balance and uses his hands very aggressively to pester the receiver throughout the route. Among his best attributes is recognition, as Peters plays the receiver very well, turning back toward the ball as the wideout does and frequently knocking the ball away or intercepting it. Peters' aggression is just as evident in his tackling." Rang believes Peters must stop playing down to the level of his opponents, become more consistent, and cease grabbing: "If he can duplicate last year's breakout campaign and play as aggressively against lesser competition as he does against high-profile stars, Peters could join [former Husky Desmond Trufant] as a first round pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 5:46 PM

Washington junior LB Shaq Thompson is "best suited to the weakside linebacker role in a predominately 4-3 scheme," writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

"Thompson is an active, aggressive and instinctive defender with excellent agility," Rang wrote. "He reads the action quickly and slithers his way around would-be blockers to make plays all over the field, demonstrating excellent change-of-direction and closing speed. Thompson is surprisingly effective in his punch to greet and discard offensive linemen, though his lack of ideal size and strength can is evident when blockers can get their hands on him." Thompson has primarily been an undersized, 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker for the Huskies, even though he signed as a safety. Rang believes he can easily add at least 10 more pounds. The star prep running back is additionally expected to moonlight on offense in 2014, much like UCLA's Myles Jack did last season. "Thompson is a very reliable open-field tackler who wraps his arms securely around ball-carriers," Rang wrote. "He arrives in a flash but isn't an explosive hitter."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 5:33 PM

CBS Sports reports that Washington sophomore WR Damore’ea Stringfellow will not transfer to Nebraska, but is now on his way to Ole Miss.

It was reported that the 6-foot-3, 229-pound Stringfellow had officially filed his transfer papers with Nebraska. However, that was not the case, as the Washington prospect had a change of heart on Thursday. Stringfellow was suspended in February following an altercation that involved Washington quarterback Cyler Miles. Stringfellow was accused of hitting a man and was charged with fourth degree assault. The former four-star recruit had 20 receptions for 259 yards, and 1 TD for the Huskies as a true freshman.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 10:37 AM

Washington sophomore WR Damore’ea Stringfellow will transfer to Nebraska.

"I needed a new start, fresh start, and I feel like Nebraska was the best place to do so," Stringfellow told the Omaha World-Herald. "It's a great environment and a great school." Stringfellow was sentenced in a plea agreement to five days on a work crew, fined $693 and ordered to attend anger-management counseling after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors for his role in a February altercation in Seattle. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder hauled in 20 receptions as a true freshman for the Huskies last season. Stringfellow was a four-star 2013 recruit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 7:49 PM

Washington junior LB Shaq Thompson "could mimic UCLA's Myles Jack" in his versatility this coming year, writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Thompson, a star running back as a prep, began his career at safety before converting to outside linebacker. Like Jack, Thompson is expected to moonlight on offense in 2014. Kiper calls Thompson, who also used to excel in baseball, a "special athlete." Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called him an "explosive athlete" earlier this week.
May 22 - 8:59 PM

Washington redshirt junior LB Travis Feeney is an "emerging player to keep an eye on," according to Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Raw right now but long, rangy and plenty of flashes on tape," Weidl tweeted. Feeney was scarcely over 200 pounds when he arrived on campus, and he's spent the past few years -- including a redshirt campaign -- in the weight room attempting to bulk up. At 6-foot-3, he has the frame to add weight, and progress has been steady but slow. He's up to around 224, and the NFL would surely like him to add 15 or so more pounds without losing any speed. Keep an eye on him this fall.
May 21 - 6:25 PM


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