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Washington LB Shaq Thompson is scheduled to visit the Vikings, according to Darren Wolfson.

This connection makes a lot of sense. In fact, we might narrow the Vikings' first-round selection down to linebacker or cornerback. Thompson surprisingly tested like an average athlete for the position at the Combine, but he is very fluid on the field and will stay in games for all three downs. Mike Zimmer found his strong side backer who can blitz in Anthony Barr last year. Thompson could fill the weakside spot and be a missile from the back side.
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes Washington CB Marcus Peters "may be worth the risk if drafted onto a team with a strong, veteran locker room."

"Peters may be worth the risk if drafted onto a team with a strong, veteran locker room. It is hard to weigh value of recent proclamations that reflect personal coaching, including input from Seattle Seahawks controversial running back and family friend Marshawn Lynch," Cooney wrote. Character concerns aside, Peters' physicality, athleticism, and natural ball skills may be too tantalizing for a cornerback-needy team to pass on. The Washington prospect has noted that, recently having a child has helped humble him, knowing that he now has someone looking up to him. There should be one NFL team willing to gamble on his talents in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 25 - 2:49 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Washington NT Danny Shelton as the class' No. 3 DL.

"With his thick frame and powerful upper body, Shelton has moments where he can dominate at the point of attack," Zierlein wrote. "He was forced to chase sideline to sideline due to the nature of Pac-12 offenses, but when he faced downhill competition like Stanford, he stepped up. Shelton is an above-average interior pass rusher for a man his size, thanks to his surprising athleticism." The analyst compares him to Vince Wilfork. "He is a fit in a two-gap scheme and could benefit from playing fewer snaps than he was forced to play at Washington," Zierlein wrote. "He has an All-Pro ceiling, but must show a greater consistency of effort." Shelton is one of the three safest prospects in the draft class, his colleagues at NFL Media recently decided.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 1:57 AM

Washington OLB Shaq Thompson's "elite athleticism and football instincts make his height -- or lack of -- a non-issue," opined NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Even if he cannot out-muscle blockers, he finds ways to make plays and his rare skill set can help neutralize those bothersome strategic mismatches," Cooney wrote. At the combine, Thompson (6-foot 1/8, 228 pounds) clocked a 4.64 forty and added a 33.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 9-8. "Size-wise, Thompson looks like a safety, but at outside linebacker he outperformed AT&T with his amazing range and the ability to dial up a big play at any time while using rollover minutes to show off skills as a running back," Cooney wrote. When asked about his size at the combine, this is how Thompson responded: "I feel like size doesn't matter. There were a couple of times where I didn't get off blocks. But there were other times when I did. If you're a playmaker, you're gonna make a play regardless, whether you're getting blocked or not getting blocked. That's part of my game I need to tighten up and I'm getting better at it."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 5:55 PM

With regards to Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha, NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney advised NFL front offices: "Take him so you don't face him."

"Kikaha isn't as fast or fluid as you like for an outside linebacker and not built to be defensive end, but his attention-getting physicality and non-stop determination not only wears on offenses, but sets tone for his own defense," Cooney wrote. Kikaha (6-foot-2 3/8, 253 pounds) led the nation with 19 sacks last season and had 36 sacks and 51.5 tackles for loss across his career. Opinions about where he should play at the next level vacillate between DE, OLB and even ILB. "I've heard about being developed into an inside linebacker," he said. "It's a possibility and I would love to be able to call defenses and kind of control what's going on within reason and kind of know everything because I want to develop into that kind of a player. But whatever teams want I will let them have it."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 3:28 PM

Washington NT Danny Shelton is one of the three safest prospects in the draft class, believes NFL Media.

"For what he'll be asked to do -- hold his ground against double teams and control two gaps when single-blocked -- NFL scouts have little doubt he will be a quick success," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "The offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl had more than enough trouble with Shelton, and there are no off-field concerns with the 340-pounder, either." Reports on Shelton are almost universally positive, but we did get a rare negative dispatch today, with an NFC area scout warning that the huge tackle backs down against tough, stout blockers. We think that might be natural wearing down.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 9:11 PM

An NFC area scout believes Washington NT Danny Shelton's effectiveness wanes against tough, stout blockers.

"Shelton is a bully," the scout said. "If you let him walk all over you early in the game, he's going to keep doing it. But watch how he kind of fades into the background when he goes up against guys who stand up to him. I want to see him show up all the time." We'd like to propose alternate causality, as insinuating a mental weakness is simultaneously unfair to a player who's never shown signs of one and impossible to prove or disprove. We suggest that what the scout is observing on film is very probably Shelton wearing down physically at the end of games in which he faces off against elite competition. The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pound tank has a good motor and produces jaw-dropping stats for a player that size, but it's impossible for a 340-pound mammal of any kind to move at 100-percent efficiency for 60 minutes while it's being battered continuously by another warm-blooded vertebrate just as big.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 5:41 PM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is one of only two players to record double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz.

The other was Vic Beasley, of course. Kikaha (6-foot-2 3/8, 253 pounds) led the nation with 19 sacks last season and had 36 sacks and 51.5 tackles for loss across his career. The 19 sacks were the third most by any player since 2000, trailing Arizona State's Terrell Suggs (24) and Louisville's Elvis Dumervil (20). "In fact, the list of year-by-year FBS leaders in sacks is filled with NFL All-Pros such as Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers, Von Miller, Suggs and Dumervil," wrote Katz. We like Kikaha as a late first-rounder, but it seems like he's going to tumble into Day 2 due to concerns about his athleticism and durability.
Mar 16 - 1:44 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney noted that "every square inch of [Washington DT Danny Shelton's] square body is tough -- his legs, arms and especially those rock-hard and lead-heavy hands."

"Hitch that mass to a great motor and you have a constant terror for offensive linemen," Cooney wrote. "Shelton has toughness that will hold up in the NFL, which he proved on the field and in how he coped with tragedy as a high school senior when he saw two older brothers shot to death." Shelton posted a tremendous 9.5 sacks and 89 tackles last season, though he projects as more immovable interior object than havoc wreaker at the next level. When asked what he needed to improve moving into the pros, Shelton said: "Probably my get-off, attacking aggressively upfield."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 8:52 PM

Washington QB Cyler Miles is taking a leave of absence from the football team.

He will miss spring practice. Reports made sure to note this is not a disciplinary issue. Beat writer Adam Jude wrote in November that ""the sentiment around Seattle surrounding Miles’ future seems to be … when does Jake Browning (Washington commit Four-star quarterback) get here?!?" Miles was also suspended last offseason.
Mar 13 - 1:00 PM

NFL.com believes Washington CB Marcus Peters could potentially fall to the Patriots in Round 1.

After declining Darrelle Revis' option, New England is in the market for a corner. Peters free-falling to the end of Round 1 would be a dream could true, made possible by fear over the prospect's off-field issues. "He could step in early and based on his ability to press opposing receivers no matter their size, might be a perfect fit for Belichick's defensive philosophy in the secondary," noted College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Don't rule out a trade up if the team feels the risk is worth the reward."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 1:17 PM

In CBS Sports' Rob Rang's latest mock draft, he believes Washington CB Marcus Peters will be a potential option for the Chiefs now, with the arrival of WR Jeremy Maclin.

"With the need for a receiver lessened with the arrival of Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs can address other areas of concern in the first round," Rang wrote. The Chiefs are desperate for help at left cornerback and Peters could be a plug-and-play prospect from day one. Rang believes Peters is a "top 20 talent whose style of play fits in Kansas City's aggressive scheme."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 10 - 4:37 PM

Former Washington and current USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said he would draft Shaq Thompson as an OLB.

Sarkisian recruited Thompson to the Huskies. "I think I would draft him at 'backer," Sarkisian said. "It's still new to him. He didn't do it in high school. We really started showing it to him his freshman year, he did it his sophomore year, and then he played both ways last year for Coach (Chris Petersen). What he has is playmaking ability. He has a nose for the ball and creates big plays. I think his best days are really ahead of him at the linebacker position." Thompson himself prefers to stay at linebacker. Others see him as a safety. Another prominent voice would prefer him on offense. "What do I think is his best position? Running back," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "I know he doesn't want to do that. He probably wants to play longer. He knows the shelf life of running backs. He's just so unique because he's just a football player."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 10:58 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen believes Shaq Thompson's best position is RB.

"I know he doesn’t want to do that. He probably wants to play longer," Petersen said. If running back is out of the question? "I think he’s a safety that drops down like a linebacker... He can tackle like a linebacker. He’s pretty explosive." We are shocked to read that Petersen thinks Shaq is best as a ball carrier, but there have been reports of teams believing the same. We see him as a second level defender as both a linebacker and hybrid safety.
Mar 8 - 2:42 PM

Washington OLB Shaq Thompson's evaluation is still shrouded in questions, wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"There are many different opinions," McShay wrote. "We have him as a linebacker, which is where he says he wants to play, and many teams agree. Others project him as an NFL safety while others think his best position might be running back, where he played some for the Huskies. His 4.64 40 time and 33 bench reps were good for a linebacker, but his jumps weren't great. For teams looking at him as a running back, that 40 time is a bit of a red flag." Thompson (6-foot 1/8, 228 pounds) wants to stay at linebacker, and that could be his best fit. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock called him "a first-round talent" and said he can see Thompson as a safety who shifts to linebacker on third downs.
Mar 3 - 9:11 PM


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