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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

Bob McGinn spoke with "several teams" who said Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha's knee isn't an issue now.

Kikaha tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011 and 2012, but it did not impact his play or production in the last two seasons. Kikaha loves to use his hands and length to win with balance and separation. He is ahead of the game in that area and will need to use it effectively to compensate for a lack of top athleticism. He will be a role player early on, and might stick as one his entire career.
Apr 28 - 10:38 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Washington CB Marcus Peters "has tremendous cover ability and potential, but the tape shows a player that is inconsistent with on-field discipline and willingness to play inside the structure of the defense."

"Peters has great size and aggressiveness, but he didn't always play like a first-rounder in 2014, and then there's that whole 'kicked off the team' thing that cannot be overlooked," Zierlein wrote. "He has the talent, but Peters has to harness his emotions and prove that he is coachable or he'll get torched on the pro level." NFL Media colleague Mike Mayock recently wrote that he expects Peters to slide due to character concerns -- but not by much. Mayock believes Peters would have been a top 15-18 pick without those issues, but should be taken between picks 20-32 even with them.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 1:27 AM

Washington DT Danny Shelton "has the mass and lateral quickness of Vince Wilfork with some Casey Hampton thrown in," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He manhandles blockers in front of him," Zierlein wrote. "What's the problem? Will Shelton keep himself in game shape after he gets paid? His weight can be a big issue if he's not careful. There are coaches from the former Washington staff who believe Shelton had a 'contract year' and that he was on his best behavior as he began on his path to the NFL draft." Shelton had 93 tackles, 16.5 TFL, nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014. According to the analyst, some NFL teams question if Shelton can be on the field on passing downs. "If Shelton plays limited snaps due to coming off the field more than expected, it would put even more pressure on him to dominate against the run," Zierlein wrote. "If he doesn't do so, he might catch the bust label, but his ability to play with strength and quickness at the point of attack is undeniable."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:25 PM

Washington LB Shaq Thompson "has yet to show he can make the necessary reads for the position," wrote Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, who added that "all the athleticism in the world won't make up for poor instincts as a linebacker."

This is what Renner is talking about: Thompson's 7.3 run-stop percentage ranked No. 41 amongst 58 draft-eligible starting inside linebackers and "he was an overall ineffective player against the run, outside of forcing and recovering fumbles." The analyst envisions Thompson being moved back a level in the pros. "Thompson's skill set translates better to safety, as he was smooth in coverage and has nickelback experience, but it's hard to feel comfortable picking a player early for a position you've never seen him play," Renner wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 9:57 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Washington DT Danny Shelton could potentially make the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

"Interior defensive linemen usually don't put up the big numbers that grab everyone's attention when it's time to vote players to the Pro Bowl, but people know how important the nose tackle position is in a 3-4 defense, and Shelton has the potential to be a great one as he enters the league," Davis wrote. "In a system like Vic Fangio's with the Chicago Bears, Shelton's value to the defense could get him early notice." Shelton recorded 93 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014. We don't think the Washington prospect's athleticism is good enough to accrue stats at a rate even close to that in the pros.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 7:52 PM


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