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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was impressed by Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson's ability to play both sides of the ball.

Brugler wrote that Thompson impressed with his "vision, agility and acceleration." He went on to say that, "Scouts appreciate players who can play multiple roles as it speaks to their unselfishness and natural football instincts. Regardless of where his future NFL teams see him fitting best, Thompson is a clear first-round athlete." While he might be a first-round athlete, it's more than likely the 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior will be selected to play his natural position of outside linebacker.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 5:58 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. writes that while he loves Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters' potential, "coachability will be something to watch."

Peters was suspended for one game earlier this season after throwing a tantrum on the sideline. Despite the misstep, Kiper still ranks Peters as his number one corner on the board, saying, "[He is] a very good athlete with good size for the position and top-of-the-charts ball skills" and that "Peters has developed into arguably the top cornerback in the Pac-12." Earlier this season, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler agreed with Kiper's assessment, both regarding his on-field talent and off-field concern. Brugler wrote that "Peters needs to walk that fine line and show he's coachable for the next level and respond in the right ways through adversity." The 6-foot, 190-pound junior has picked off three passes this season and could be the first corner drafted if he plays nice.
Oct 29 - 7:10 PM

ESPN.com's Todd McShay said that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton was a "better athlete than most nose tackles with his body type."

McShay noted that while Shelton's 6-foot-2, 332-pound frame might be on the shorter side for his position, he still has the "quickness and strength to make plays against the run" and demands double teams because of his ability to occupy blocks. While McShay sees him as a potential first or second rounder, Shelton "will need to finish the season out strong and answer any questions that come up during the draft process related to his weight, conditioning, work ethic and long-term durability" in order to maximize his stock.
Oct 29 - 5:28 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that he would go "all-in" on Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson if asked to place a wager on a prospect with "the potential to skyrocket during the run up to the draft."

"[Thompson] is unquestionably one of the top defenders in college football with the size, speed and athleticism to wreak havoc on opponents as a versatile defender on the edge," Brooks wrote. "He has the first-step quickness and burst to blow past blockers on blitzes, while displaying the instincts, awareness and cover skills to pick off errant passes in coverage." Of course, Thompson has also been allowed to show off his chops out of the backfield as a running back this year. "Utilizing the same athleticism, speed and burst that make him a terror off the edge, Thompson has churned out big plays on the ground by exploding to the second level on inside runs off zone-read action," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder should be a first-round pick as an outside linebacker, though it won't hurt that he could also fill in at running back or safety.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 7:49 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks writes that it's "not surprising to see [Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha] emerging two years removed from [ACL] surgery."

Kikaha battled awful luck early in his career, suffering through a pair of ACL tears. Last season, he was healthy for the first time since his freshmen campaign. "Kikaha is in his first season as a stand-up linebacker and has made a smooth adjustment from playing with his hand in the dirt full-time," Brooks wrote. "He's a thick, strong, athletic player who's physically imposing at 6-foot-3, 246 pounds." The edge rusher averages 1.81 sacks per game. "Kikaha [is] a relentless pass rusher, but he's not just an effort player," Brooks wrote. "Kikaha is very strong with his hands, which allows him to win battles. The biggest hurdle for him at the next level could be medical evaluations given his history of knee injuries. He's shown me a lot this season as far as his athletic ability, though."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 6:09 PM

Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles is expected to start against Colorado after being held out with a concussion.

Miles did not play in the loss to Arizona State, when redshirt freshman Troy Williams drew the start. "We don’t want a guy to have to lose his position to an injury; that’s not the right thing," head coach Chris Petersen said. Miles sports a 10:1 touchdown to interception ratio this season.
Oct 27 - 11:16 AM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "proved that his big play ability translated just as well to the offensive side of the ball" on Saturday versus Arizona State, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Thompson was moved to running back almost exclusively on Saturday due to injuries to his teammates. He responded with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries. "As the game went on and the novelty of Thompson's position switch wore off, it was clear he possessed the vision, balance and burst to potentially project quite well at running back at the next level," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder should be a first-round pick as an outside linebacker.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 27 - 12:45 AM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters "won his share" against Arizona State on Saturday, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Peters was matched up against star ASU receiver Jaelen Strong. "He baited ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly into a similar throw moments later and broke ahead of Strong, very nearly intercepting the 12th pass of his three-year career," Rang wrote. "Peters helped limit Strong to just three grabs for 55 yards despite the fact that he was targeted eight times. To put that in perspective, Strong had averaged nine catches for 125 yards in four previous Pac-12 contests." Peters will reportedly bolt for the NFL early after this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 27 - 12:00 AM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "showed off the positional flexibility to boost his cause with scouts" in Saturday's game against Arizona State, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The winds forced the normally pass-happy Sun Devils to run the ball more than normal, limiting Kikaha's opportunities to rush quarterback Taylor Kelly," Rang wrote. "Rather than limit his effectiveness, Kikaha showed off the versatility that has him ranked as a solid second round pick on NFLDraftScout.com's board." Kikaha had two more sacks to increase his national lead; he now has 14.5 on the year. "Rather than simply rushing upfield as a traditional defensive end, the Huskies moved the 6-foot-3, 250 pound Kikaha all over the field, dropping him into coverage and blitzing him up the middle, as well," Rang wrote. "Kikaha used his quick first-step, strong, active hands and tenacity to generate pressure. His reputation preceded him on one second quarter snap as he forced ASU senior left tackle Jamil Douglas into a false start in the second quarter."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 9:42 PM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson, playing almost exclusively at running back, collected 98 yards rushing on 21 carries in Saturday's 24-10 loss to Arizona State.

Thompson can make more of an impact on a game on the defensive side of the ball, but UW HC Chris Petersen was in a bind and attempted to make lemonade by moving his most gifted player into the backfield. The Huskies were trying to cover for injuries to the running back corps, as well as the absence of starting QB Cyler Miles. Hopefully, Thompson can get back to focusing primarily on defense as soon as next week.
Oct 26 - 8:19 PM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson and junior CB Marcus Peters will both declare for the draft after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Both look like first-round picks, though each has questions surrounding them. For Thompson, scouts may be concerned by the former's safety size and lack of experience at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, who we compare to Ryan Shazier, has also seen time at running back. Peters, meanwhile, will have to answer questions about his off-the-field temperament.
Oct 24 - 7:34 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is leading the FBS in sacks with 12.5.

Only the half sack is assisted and all are a part of 15.5 tackles for loss. Kikaha has a number of knee injuries in his past, but we and many others have sung his praises since the beginning of the season. Production on its own does not offer a lot of merit, but how that production is achieved is most important. Kikaha offers disruption and production across multiple games.
Oct 23 - 10:57 AM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson possesses "excellent athleticism and awareness in coverage, traits that project well in today's pass-happy NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Anxious to get to their playmakers closer to the line of scrimmage, the Huskies moved Thompson to linebacker after he signed with the team as a highly regarded safety, and the move has paid off brilliantly with the instinctive and athletic defender emerging as one of the top defensive playmakers in college football, scoring four defensive touchdowns thus far this season," Rang wrote. The analyst ranks Thompson No. 18 overall on his big board. We see a Ryan Shazier-type defensive playmaker.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 22 - 7:30 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters "has the ability to be the first cornerback drafted with his size, length, reaction time and ballskills."

While the analyst loves what he sees on the field from the Huskies' star corner, he hasn't loved what he's seen off of it. "Obviously it's not a good sign when players get into arguments with coaches, especially on the sideline mid-game, but there is a fine line between attitude and intensity," Brugler said. "Peters needs to walk that fine line and show he's coachable for the next level and will respond in he right ways through adversity. Scouts and NFL teams listen to what coaches say and if a player doesn't receive a glowing report from coaches, that's a bright red flag. Now I'm not saying Petersen and his coaches won't give NFL teams a great reference of Peters, but it's something every team will ask on their trips to Seattle."
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 17 - 7:16 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of Jabaal Sheard.

The analyst believes Kikaha will go in a similar range, between Rounds 2-3. "He has solid build and muscle tone, holding the point of attack well and rarely giving up ground," said Brugler. "Kikaha has active hands with a strong punch to fight through blockers’ jabs. He isn’t overly explosive, but displays flexible body control, coordinated feet and fluid change of direction skills to flatten and make sharp 90-degree turns. Kikaha attacks gaps with an aggressive demeanor, showing the ability to locate and track to work off contact and pursue quickly with improved ball awareness. But he needs space to be effective, lacking the natural power or length to do damage in a phone booth. Kikaha also needs to be a more consistent finisher and tends to get lazy with his tackling technique, struggling to consistently break down on the move, but arrives with violent intentions and looks to tune up his targets." Brugler is smitten with Kikaha's "fiery motor".
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 17 - 7:02 PM


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