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Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "is effective off the edge because he uses his powerful, active hands to chop through blockers' attempts to latch onto him," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The key with Kikaha is placing him in a role in which he can win," Rang wrote. "He is quicker than fast and lacks ideal flexibility and awareness in coverage but if allowed to simply rush the quarterback, Kikaha (who led the nation with 19 sacks last season) will outplay his likely Day 3 selection." Frankly, we have no earthly idea where Kikaha will go. Rotoworld and Todd McShay both see him as a borderline Round 1 prospect, while TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline questions whether he's worth a draft pick at all and reported that some teams have yanked Kikaha from their boards due to health and athleticism concerns.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:08 PM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "has good snap anticipation, adequate get-off burst, great body control and strength to bend the edge while engaged, and, most importantly, he's a high-motor finisher," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Kikaha is one of this class' most divisive prospects. McShay is with us in being smitten with the Huskies edge rusher -- McShay ranks him No. 36 overall -- while others, like TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, question whether he's worth a draft pick at all. "He has the potential to stick as either a left or right defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, because of his size and strength," McShay wrote. "He will likely slip in the draft because of his knee injuries and his pedestrian workout numbers. But if I'm compiling a list of the best pure football players in this draft class, Kikaha is making the cut." Pauline also reported that some teams have yanked Kikaha from their boards due to the reasons McShay cites.
Apr 18 - 12:15 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Washington DT Danny Shelton No. 14 overall in the class but cautions that he isn't scheme versatile.

"Shelton is really a pure nose tackle," McShay wrote. "He commands double-teams with his size and strength." This is one reason we aren't as high on Shelton as others. Another is that while Shelton is obnoxiously compared to Haloti Ngata, the prospect shares only his size, not the freaky athleticism. Josh Norris ranks Shelton as the No. 27 prospect in the class.
Apr 16 - 7:07 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Washington CB Marcus Peters worked out for the Falcons on Wednesday, and will visit with Raiders next.

Peters has been busy the last couple of days, as he visited with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, had his Wednesday workout with the Falcons, and will take a trip back to his hometown to visit to the Oakland Raiders. With character concerns putting a dent in his draft stock, some interested teams are hoping the first-round-talent could slide to the second round.
Apr 15 - 3:46 PM

Washington DE Andrew Hudson met with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently.

If you don't follow you the Pac-12, you haven't heard much about Hudson because of his lackluster measurables. He's highly productive, however, ranking seventh in the country last year with 11.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder also tied for the team lead with 71 total tackles and added a recovered fumble and three forced fumbles.
Apr 14 - 4:56 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton is a perfect fit for the Bears at No. 7, says NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

"At No. 7, when you talk about a great fit, Danny Shelton was made to play the nose tackle in that defense," Jeremiah said. "He would be a perfect, perfect fit." Jeremiah might like the fit, but many of his NFL.com colleagues with mock drafts do not have Shelton landing with the Bears. "The Bears could very well be open for business at No. 7 with a wide receiver," Charles Davis said. "That wouldn't surprise us at all in order to pair somebody with Alshon Jeffrey, something they had with Brandon Marshall, and would allow them to get Jay Cutler back on the beam."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 9:29 PM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 30 overall.

"His durability is a question and he won't blow anybody away with his speed, but he is a very effective pass-rusher with enough first-step quickness to threaten, explosive power in his upper body and the ability to convert speed to power," McShay wrote. "Most important, he is a finisher -- something that can't be said for all of the top pass-rusher prospects in this class." The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kikaha posted 19 sacks, 73 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2014. Despite that production, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported earlier this month that some teams had yanked Kikaha from their boards due to poor athletic chops and health concerns. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Kikaha to Rob Ninkovich.
Apr 13 - 6:11 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Washington CB Marcus Peters has visited with the Saints, Texans, and will visit with the 49ers next.

Cornerback-needy teams have been doing their due diligence on the Washington prospect as of late, as Peters has already met with more than half of the teams in the NFL. The 6-foot, 198-pound Peters may be too hard to pass on, in the back end of the first round.
Apr 13 - 2:42 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters is visiting the Steelers on Thursday, according to Bob Labriola.

The Steelers are almost certainly selecting defensive prospects in round one and two, and Peters would fill a need at corner. He is listed among four potential first round picks at the position along with Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson and Byron Jones.
Apr 9 - 12:12 PM

At his pro day, Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha's "lack of speed confirmed a lot of fears, and I've been told since the combine, a number of teams have removed him from their boards over medical concerns," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Kikaha had a poor showing at the showcase, running forties timed between the high 4.8s and mid-4.9s. Kikaha weighed in at 243 pounds, 10 less than at the combine, but Pauline reported his 40 time at 4.97 seconds anyway. We would strongly suggest to NFL franchises that they should stop Kikaha's tumble if that's what happens later this month. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kikaha is hyper productive, posting 19 sacks, 73 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2014.
Apr 8 - 7:04 PM

Per the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Washington CB Marcus Peters visited the Ravens.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome revealed the news in a Wednesday presser. Peters also met with the Ravens at the scouting combine. The prospect was booted off Washington last season after repeated clashes with coaches. "Everybody wants to know the character," Peters said. "Am I a hot head? Which is false. I've made some immature decisions. I'll learn from it and grow as a man." The 6-foot, 198-pounder has a different take on his dismissal. "Just miscommunication," Peters said. "Mostly on my behalf." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently that the Ravens hope Peters will drop to them at No. 26.
Apr 8 - 2:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Baltimore Ravens hope Washington CB Marcus Peters will drop to them at the end of Round 1.

Props to ESPN's Mel Kiper, who pegged the fit last month but expressed skepticism that will be available at No. 26. Peters "is as talented as any cornerback in this class and just needs to be in the right program to flourish ... he'll get that in Baltimore," Kiper wrote. "If he's there, it's an easy call." Peters, who has met with or visited 16 or 17 NFL teams, had dinner with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints last week and "met extensively with the Cleveland Browns," according to Pauline.
Apr 7 - 9:04 PM

Two out of three CBS draft analysts mock Washington DT Danny Shelton to the Browns with one of their two first-round picks, and Frank Cooney sees the Huskie as a perfect fit in Cleveland.

And wouldn't you know it, but Shelton is just returning from a weekend trip to Cleveland. All the dots line up, as Cooney writes: "Shelton is a two-gapping nose tackle who is NFL ready and can start from day one in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme. He rarely came off the field in college and will benefit from fewer snaps once he gets to the NFL." The Browns currently sit at Nos. 12 and 19 overall. Dane Brugler has them taking Shelton at No. 12 and Pete Prisco has them doing so at 19. "Shelton won't have the same type of production in the NFL like he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 9:42 PM

CBS Sports expects the Patriots to choose either a CB or DT at No. 32 overall, and analyst Frank Cooney suggests that Washington CB Marcus Peters is a perfect fit.

New England lost a pair of starting cornerbacks this offseason when Darrelle Revis signed with the Jets and Brandon Browner signed with the Saints. "Peters, who was dismissed from Washington in November after several run-ins with the coaches, has the natural talent to be an impact starter from Day 1 and New England isn't afraid to take risks," Cooney wrote. Dane Brugler mocks Ronald Darby (Florida State) to New England at No. 32. Colleagues Pete Prisco (Carl Davis, DT, Iowa) and Rob Rang (Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State) both have the Patriots seeking interior help in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 6:46 PM

Washington ILB John Timu "turned heads" at Thursday's pro day, posting 33 bench reps and a solid 4.73 in the 40-yard dash, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The analyst believes Timu has possibly worked his way into late-round consideration. The 6-foot, 243-pounder is a four-year starter who earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors as well as Academic All-Pac 12 honors last year. "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," Rang previously wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 5:16 PM


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