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Washington HC Chris Petersen said the school's QB competition is between three right now.

"If it stays as is, we have three guys," Petersen said. The "if" is a major word of note, as the odds on starter, Cyler Miles, sat out spring football and the Seattle Times even mentioned the quarterback does not plan on playing in 2015. Miles' departure was termed a "voluntary leave of absence." Lindquist was announced as the 2014 starter last August, but did not run away with the job and was replaced after one game.
Source: OC Register
May 16 - 12:20 PM

Former Washington sophomore CB Jermaine Kelly has decided to transfer from the program.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kelly started the first two games of the season in 2014, before breaking his ankle in practice, which forced him to miss the rest of the year. With true freshman CB Sidney Jones having a solid season in Kelly's absence, and sophomore cornerbacks Darren Gardenhire and Naijiel Hale playing well this spring, Kelly would not likely have an opportunity to start.
May 11 - 2:20 PM

Seahawks signed Washington WR Kasen Williams.

Williams failed his physical when he reported to Bengals camp. Oft-injured at the University of Washington, Williams will now get a shot with his hometown NFL team. Williams was a big recruit out of high school, but underachieved with the Huskies and showed sub-par athleticism at the Combine.
May 9 - 7:44 PM

Bengals released/failed physical WR Kasen Williams.

It's unknown why Williams failed his physical, though it's likely related to the Lisfranc injury he suffered in 2013. Rob Rang of CBS Sports believes Williams' hometown Seahawks will bring him in for a visit this weekend. Even if Williams lands elsewhere, he's unlikely to be a difference maker in the NFL.
May 8 - 10:43 PM

Washington junior WR/CB John Ross will miss the 2015 season after sustaining a leg injury.

Ross was another two way player for the Huskies in 2014, lining up at receiver and starting four games at corner. Ross dealt with injuries last season and already had surgery on his right knee. He will sit out the 2015 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
May 8 - 11:16 AM

The Steelers have signed Washington redshirt senior OT Micah Hatchie.

Hatchie (6'5/306) has started every game for the Huskies at the left tackle position since 2012. The three-year starter earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons. Hatchie also had invitations to try out for the Seahawks, Browns and Chargers, but decided to sign with the Steelers.
May 5 - 3:24 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva disagreed with Carolina's strategy of aggressively trading up twice in the draft and gave their class a "C+" grade.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman shipped St. Louis the Nos. 57, 89, and 201 picks for 41 (used on Michigan WR Devin Funchess) and then sent Oakland Nos. 124, 161, and 242 for the 102nd pick (to select Oklahoma OT Daryl Williams). Both filled needs, but Silva would have preferred them to stay put and use some of those extra picks to shore up weaknesses at edge rusher, cornerback, and offensive line. ESPN's Mel Kiper graded the class as a "C" and wrote that No. 25 pick Washington LB Shaq Thompson "sure looked like a reach to me" and could have been available in Round 2.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 11:07 PM

Bengals signed Washington WR Kasen Williams.

Williams (6'2/218) arrived at Washington as a top-100 recruit and looked the part as a sophomore with a 77-878-6 receiving line. Unfortunately, Williams regressed after a severe Lisfranc/fibula injury in 2013. He was a part-time player as a senior, starting 6-of-14 games and managing 20 catches with 189 yards and two TDs. Williams showed below-average athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.63 with a 9-foot-11 broad jump. At this stage, Williams' best chance at a pro career may be in the CFL.
May 4 - 7:14 PM

Kansas City's "draft wasn't flashy, but I thought it was strong," wrote Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

Silva gave the Chiefs a "B-" draft grade. First-round Washington CB Marcus Peters filled a major need and Silva thinks Round 2 zone-blocker Mitch Morse could start at center as a rookie. ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Chiefs an identical "B-" grade. "They got a high-upside wide receiver with Chris Conley in Round 3, and then I really liked the late addition of Da'Ron Brown out of Northern Illinois," Kiper wrote. "Steven Nelson adds more depth in the secondary, and Ramik Wilson helps with a clear need at linebacker."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 11:36 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Browns' draft as an underwhelming "C+."

"The Browns got better with this class, but that was expected considering how many draft picks they had," Silva wrote. "My skepticism arises from a lack of faith in [Vince] Mayle, [Charles] Gaines, [Malcolm] Johnson, [Randall] Telfer, and [Hayes] Pullard developing into useful players, in addition to critical weaknesses remaining at quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end (even after two were taken late)." ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Browns a "B." "The Browns made a predictable and smart pick with Danny Shelton at No. 12, and I think he helps them shore up a leaky run defense immediately," Kiper wrote. "The really curious selection was Cameron Erving at No. 19. Although I agree with some that he's among the best O-lineman in the draft -- and easily the best center -- he might end up at guard right away."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 10:27 PM

Saints selected Washington OLB Hau'oli Kikaha with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Kikaha (6'2/253) was a unanimous first-team All-America pick in 2014, finishing his UW career as the Huskies' all-time leader in sacks (36) and piling up 51.5 TFLs with seven forced fumbles. Working against Kikaha in the NFL will be athletic deficiencies, as he ran 4.90 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump at his Pro Day. He also tore his ACL twice in college. Described as a "hungry dog in the wild" by ESPN's Todd McShay, Kikaha's calling cards are his relentless motor and power rush. He also flashed an ability to bend the edge in college.
May 1 - 8:15 PM

Panthers selected Washington LB Shaq Thompson with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Thompson (6'0/228) earned the 2014 Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player, finishing his three-year career with 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and five interceptions. Thompson scored six TDs in 2014, including three on fumble returns and two at running back. He ran 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine. Not athletic enough for safety and small for linebacker, Thompson is a tweener prospect who may open his career as a dime defender in Carolina's sub-packages. GM Dave Gettleman likely views Thompson as SLB Thomas Davis' long-term heir apparent.
Apr 30 - 10:50 PM

Chiefs selected Washington CB Marcus Peters with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Peters (6'0/197) made 22 starts at UW, tallying 11 career INTs with 9.5 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Similar to Ravens CB Jimmy Smith, Peters is a talented press-man corner with myriad off-field concerns after getting kicked off the Huskies' team for clashing with coaches. Peters' workout numbers also underwhelmed, running 4.53 with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Peters offers elite ball skills and size, but isn't a top-end athlete and has obvious attitude concerns. He's a boom-or-bust prospect.
Apr 30 - 10:07 PM

Browns selected Washington NT Danny Shelton with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Shelton (6'2/339) made 41 career starts for Washington, compiling 24 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, and three blocked kicks. He was a consensus first-team All American as a senior. Although Shelton is commonly likened to Haloti Ngata, a more apt comparison is to run-plugging Ravens NT Brandon Williams as a two-down nose who plays with tremendous strength and can occupy multiple blockers, allowing linebackers behind him to run free and deliver jarring hits. A bully in the trenches, Shelton has the ability to rag doll smaller guards and centers. He will be an early-career difference maker versus the run. Shelton could make former first-round NT Phil Taylor and his non-guaranteed $5.477 million salary expendable.
Apr 30 - 9:28 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Washington's coaching staff relayed that CB Marcus Peters was "talented, immature, headstrong, not a team guy and mouthy on and off the field."

The scout ended up giving Peters a third-round grade, acknowledging his talent but saying he was so too inconsistent on the field and volatile off it. "He's an interesting fellow," said another scout. "He plays well so somebody will take him because of that. He didn't run quite as fast as you wish he did. Whether anybody takes him in the first round is suspect." Peters scored 13 on the Wonderlic. "He's not talented enough to where he's a top-10 pick and you say, 'I'll take the issues and deal with him,'" a third scout said. "He lived with Marshawn Lynch. This is a guy ...I don't think anything has ever been his fault. Guess what? People that think that way usually have more issues."
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM


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