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Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar wrote that he hasn't "seen better overall tape from any player in this draft class" than that of Washington DT Danny Shelton.

Shelton, "despite the fact that he was double-teamed on nearly every one of the snaps he took," posted nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss while playing over 80 percent of Washington's defensive snaps in 2014. "Shelton can destroy pockets, he'll use his surprisingly quick feet to get past blockers and he works very well from multiple gaps," Farrar wrote. "I don't think there's an NFL team that wouldn't benefit tremendously from Shelton's addition, and in my opinion, there isn't a player in this draft with more overall value ... once you take the quarterback value equation off the board. And once his NFL team teaches him a wider array of hand moves, Shelton will be absolutely lethal."
Feb 26 - 10:16 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Washington DT Danny Shelton moves as well as Green Bay's B.J. Raji.

Shelton himself patterns his game after Baltimore's Haloti Ngata. The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pounder posted 93 tackles, nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2014. "True nose tackle," another scout said. "Big body. Big noses go (early)." Shelton posted a sluggish 5.64 40 time at the combine. "I don't care. ... He is so rare with his strength and his power," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah said. "The guy has a motor, and he has a gas tank."
Feb 24 - 2:29 AM

Washington CB Marcus Peters posted a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash on Monday.

"I thought he was going to be a little faster," said NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock. While Peters didn't blow away analysts on the track, he performed well in other drills. "His slower than expected 40 time of 4.53 might concern some, but he looked pretty sharp when moving around the turf and picking off passes," noted College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Peters had a nice backpedal and kept his center of gravity right where you wanted it."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 1:50 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Washington OLB Shaq Thompson's forty time was "a little slower than I expected."

Thompson (6-foot 1/8, 228 pounds) clocked a 4.64. He added a 33.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 9-8. All those numbers are below what was expected of Thompson, an exceptional athlete. Mayock called him "a first-round talent" and said he can see Thompson as a safety who shifts to linebacker on third downs.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is off a number of teams boards "because of medical red flags and the lack of next level athleticism."

"I took a lot of heat after listing Hau’Oli Kikaha as a free agent and falling out of the draft’s seven rounds a few weeks ago. At the combine I learned a number of teams have taken Kikaha off their board because of medical red flags and the lack of next level athleticism," Pauline wrote. NFL personnel have had questions about Hau’oli Kikaha‘s injury history, as Kikaha's left knee has required two ACL reconstructions. Despite his past injuries, the Huskies' prospect was quite productive in 2014, recording 19 sacks, 73 tackles and two forced fumbles. Our own Josh Norris ranks the edge rusher as the No. 28 overall prospect in the class.
Feb 23 - 4:07 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reports he spoke with two NFL teams that believe Washington OLB Shaq Thompson's "position in NFL has to be SS."

"Had excellent workouts, really smart," Brandt added. Interestingly, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock also sees Thompson as a safety (Thompson is Mayock's second-best rated player at the position). Thompson prefers to play linebacker, but safety -- and also running back -- are possible destinations in the NFL. "I'm gonna put it out there that I want to play linebacker. But I can't say no to (safety)," Thompson said Friday. "I like to be up by the line of scrimmage. I feel like I'm physical enough. I'm not the biggest guy, but I have a lot of heart."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 2:38 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah called Washington DT Danny Shelton "a Day 1 starter."

The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pound Shelton posted 93 tackles, nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2014, "crazy numbers for a nose tackle," said analyst Mike Mayock. "He tosses human beings for fun," Jeremiah said. Shelton posted a sluggish 5.64 40 time. "I don't care. ... He is so rare with his strength and his power," Jeremiah said. "The guy has a motor, and he has a gas tank."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 1:30 AM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha didn't run the 40-yard dash Sunday because he was sick before coming to the combine.

Kikaha performed all of the drills and will run at the Huskies' pro day in March. Analysts continue to fall all over the place on Kikaha's value. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades him as an undrafted free agent, believing Danny Shelton freed Kikaha up to accrue stats, while Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the edge rusher as the No. 28 overall prospect in the class. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kikaha had 19 sacks, 73 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 10:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Texans "are not happy" with Louis Nix and will target a NT in the draft.

Picking at 16, the Texans aren't likely to be lucky enough to have Washington's Danny Shelton fall into their laps, but a slight fall by the big fella might spur Houston's brass into moving up a few slots to grab him. NFL.com lists QB, WR and OT as the Texans' top three needs. A more realistic scenario has them taking the top available receiver or offensive lineman at No. 16 -- a player such as WR DeVante Parker (Louisville) or OTs Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) or La'el Collins (LSU) -- and waiting to draft a clogger until later.
Feb 22 - 10:16 PM

Former Washington teammate Hau'oli Kikaha called CB Marcus Peters a "good teammate" and a "great guy."

"It was unfortunate," Kikaha said of Peters' dismissal. "A number of things could have been done to prevent all of that, but the main thing is that he's kind of matured and feels better about everything. And he's here (at the combine). And he's going to be at (Washington's) pro day. Everything is kind of put to rest and at peace. I'm happy for him." This is another positive development for Peters, the class' top CB in terms of physical talent. He's been red-flagged for character concerns, though his infamous choking incident has been refuted by several sources as never having happened.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 4:01 PM

Updating a previous item, Washington's Shaq Thompson will only work out at LB at the NFL Combine.

In fact Thompson said running back is out of the question in terms of NFL reps. NFL.com previously reported Thompson and Blake Sims would go through RB drills, but neither did. Teams likely requested the multiple position workouts, however, players can turn down the requests. Some will question Thompson at linebacker in terms of size. We do not.
Feb 21 - 3:34 PM

Washington LB Shaq Thompson could turn "into a Lavonte David-type of defender," believes NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

"Everyone wants to find out if Thompson, who will work out as a linebacker and a defensive back, has a position," Brandt wrote. "Does he have the coverage skills to play safety? Does he have the kind of body that will allow him to put on the additional weight needed to play linebacker?" Thompson finished his collegiate career with 233 tackles, five interceptions, 3.5 sacks and 456 rushing yards on 7.5 yards per carry. He scored six times this past season; twice on offense and four times on defense.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 6:39 PM

Washington LB Shaq Thompson will also work out at RB.

Thompson, per Daniel Jeremiah, previously stated he would not go through RB drills. Something changed, and it might have involved Thompson's representation. We think the Washington product is a far superior player on defense than he is on offense.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 10:18 AM

Washington CB Marcus Peters "is the clear-cut No. 1 corner in this class," ESPN's Todd McShay believes.

"If he isn't the first cornerback taken in 2015, it will be a direct result of his behavioral issues," McShay wrote. "But teams are going to have to really look into his maturity and accountability, as he's had a laundry list of off-field incidents: a failed drug test in 2011, an academic suspension in 2014 and several suspensions and ultimately a dismissal from the program in 2014 related to showing up late or missing practices and throwing a tantrum with coaches on the sideline of a game. He's talked openly about taking responsibility for his past behavior, and is a fiery competitor on the field who loves the game, but teams are going to need to be convinced that they can trust him." An NFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that he wouldn't use a first- or second-round pick on Peters due to character concerns.
Feb 18 - 5:33 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said "I love" Washington DT Danny Shelton, and compared the player to Haloti Ngata.

"I think everybody sees that comparison. Powerful, better feet than you think, and I'm surprised at how many snaps he can play at a high level," Mayock said. The 6-foot-2, 343-pound Shelton is a top-10 prospect. "If you have a top-10 pick, the thing you have to ask yourself is will he consistently have an ability, when you go to sub-packages, to push the pocket," Mayock said previously. "I think he does. I would put him in the category with a Vince Wilfork."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:21 AM


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