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A coach whose team opposed Washington freshman WR Terrell Bynum at the high school level said that "[h]onestly, he's the guy I would like to clone if I could do it."

"He's explosive, so when he catches the ball, you'd better make the tackle because he'll make plays with his legs," the coach said. "He loves a broken field where he can use his quickness and vision to make plays." One area of improvement that the coach forwarded for the 6-foot-1, 177-pounder -- strength and physicality. "When we were physical against him, that's when he struggled," he explained. An opposing player likewise said that "[h]e hated guys being physical against him. You could see it in his eyes." That player wasn't all doom-and-gloom, though, and praised Bynum's sharp route-running. That he is already a technician on his routes is a very encouraging sign for his development.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 26 - 3:55 PM

An NFC personnel director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Washington S Budda Baker "might end up being one of those guys who we ignore the size on."

Entering the 2016 season, Baker was listed at 5-foot-10, 192 pounds. His lack of size might not matter in the end. "He's so athletic and his football character is so high that it might be necessary to give him a pass on how short he is," the personnel director explained. Zierlein refers to the former Huskies standout as a "war daddy against the run" and believes that he has the upside of a Pro-Bowler.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 6:34 PM

Washington hired Baylor offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Matt Lubick as co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach.

Lubick replaces Bush Hamdan, the Huskies' former WR coach who was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' quarterbacks coach. Incredibly, this is Lubick's fourth job is three months. He spent last year as Oregon's OC, replacing Scott Frost, who was hired as UCF's HC. Just before Christmas, Lubick accepted an offer to become Ole Miss' WR coach. But reserved course in the New Year, joining Baylor's staff. Lubick resigned his post at Baylor to accept the Washington gig.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 3:59 PM

An NFC area scout said he would "leave [Washington S Budda Baker] as a centerfielder."

"I would leave him as a centerfielder and then roll him down over the slot if you needed too," he said. He's too small to cover tight ends, but he's got great instincts in coverage which is why he should shine as a single-high." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Baker to Bob Sanders. "Baker plays with a competitive desire that leaps off the field when you watch him thanks to elite football character and above-average explosiveness," he wrote. "While he is undersized, he makes up for it with his football instincts and plus play speed. Baker has the talent to become a play-making safety with Pro Bowl potential if he can sustain his health."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 12:45 PM

Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins writes that Washington freshman T Henry Bainivalu projects as a guard at the collegiate level.

Bainivalu's head coach at Skyline High (Washington), Mat Taylor, indicated that Bainivalu might not truly blossom for several years. Said Taylor, "He's still maturing physically and he's going to get a lot better with the coaching they will give him up there." The 6-foot-6, 302-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 154 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 10:26 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Washington CB Sidney Jones to Houston Texans CB Jonathan Joseph.

Jones did not allow a touchdown in coverage during the 2016 campaign. That streak actually stretches back to Week 7 of the 2015 campaign. Not too shabby. In his initial positional rankings, NFL Media's Mike Mayock slotted him in as the No. 1 corner in the 2017 draft pool. As for PFF's comp to Jonathan Joseph, the outlet's analysis team notes that the 6-foot, 180-pounder shares a similar frame and possesses similar coverage abilities. They pass along that he "has the quick feet and excellent balance to play press man coverage at a high level." He is a likely first-round selection in the draft.
Feb 21 - 10:00 PM

Washington WR John Ross told the MMQB's Emily Kaplan he recently ran a 4.30 laser-timed forty while training for the NFL Combine.

That is fast. "You could argue he’s just an exceptional slot guy," one NFL evaluator told Kaplan. "But smart offenses will figure out ways to incorporate him everywhere." Ross did create big plays from anywhere, including as a kickoff returner. The obvious comparison is to Desean Jackson. Ross' medical history on both knees will be crucial, plus he has a shoulder surgery scheduled, but he is still ridiculously explosive after those injuries and surgeries in 2016.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 21 - 10:27 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes an easy connection can be made between Washington WR John Ross and the Eagles.

The Eagles will add a receiver in the draft, the question is when. Ross would fulfill a downfield, vertical element the team lacks, along with speed and big play skills. Ross, however, has an extensive injury history, with two meniscus, ACL and microfracture surgery in his past. Will that drop him out of the first round? Maybe, but consider him high on the Eagles list if Philadelphia does not bring Desean Jackson back.
Feb 21 - 10:19 AM

Washington WR coach Bush Hamdan has taken a job as quarterback coach with the Atlanta Falcons.

The coaching carousel has begun to slow this offseason, but it hasn't shut down completely. Tough luck for Chris Petersen, who now has a new slot to fill on the sideline. Hamdan had been with the Huskies each of the past two seasons, working both as WR coach and passing-game coordinator. He played his college ball under Coach Pete at Boise State in the late 2000's.
Feb 17 - 5:45 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Washington CB Kevin King has been running the 40-yard dash in the 4.4's during training.

Pauline notes that there have been red flags regarding King's speed -- he wrote in November that "long speed is a concern" -- red flags that might just be swept away if the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder can turn it up in testing. Per Pauline, he has been clocked under 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash on a hand timer during his draft prep. On an electronic timer, that might bump to 4.45 seconds or thereabouts. "If he’s able to break into the mid-4.4s on the final day of [C]ombine workouts," the analyst writes, "King will cement himself as a top-45 selection."
Feb 17 - 5:05 PM

Washington redshirt senior LB Psalm Wooching has decided that he will play rugby rather than try for the NFL.

"This has been a dream of mine for quite some time and I will do anything to accomplish it," Wooching wrote on Twitter. His hope is that he will be able to eventually compete in rugby during the Olympics. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder was part of the U.S. rugby junior national team in high school. Last season, Wooching led Washington with six sacks. He also registered 42 tackles (7.0 for loss) and two forced fumbles. That strong work earned him All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
Feb 17 - 4:12 PM

Washington's Sidney Jones is Mike Mayock's No. 1 CB prospect in the 2017 class.

As usual with this set of initial rankings we do not have evaluations or reasonings attached to the list. Jones likely stands around 6-feet and 180-pounds. His aggression on the edge has been hyped up and stands out among other corners who do not have the tenacity on the outside. Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore ranks No. 2 at the position.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 9:49 AM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that Washington four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Austin Osborne "shows an explosive first step off the line with the ability to quickly get into routes."

"While he possesses good top-end speed, Osborne’s strength is his savvy route-running and understanding of coverage and how to subtly set up defenders," Hamilton writes. Osborne committed to Washington over the likes of Arizona State, Cal and Louisville on Friday. Hamilton believes this is pretty much locked for the Huskies, giving them a 99.9% chance of hanging onto Osborne's pledge. Noted the analyst, "Continuing to fill out his [6-foot-2, 175-pound] frame and add strength will be key in maximizing his ability long term."
Feb 14 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tagged Washington as having the least difficult 2017 nonconference schedule.

One of the constant refrains regarding Washington last season was that their schedule was decidedly soft. That ultimately did not prevent them from making the Playoff, but it might be a refrain that you hear again in 2017. On the nonconference slate for the coming campaign, the Huskies will square off with Rutgers (whom they annihilated last season), Montana and Fresno State. The Huskies will toughen up the nonconference slate with contests against Michigan and BYU in the future. For now, not so much.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 2:00 PM

Scout.com's Scott Eklund writes that Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant "has a chance to make an instant impact on the Husky offense."

Bryant committed to the Huskies in April of 2016. He was also considering the likes of UCLA and Nebraska. Scout's Greg Biggins notes that the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Washington native "lines up more like a big receiver, often playing in the slot." The analyst adds that "[h]e catches the ball very well and once he gets out in the open field, he's like trying to tackle a tank."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 3:28 PM


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