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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

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "is an athletic and versatile linebacker and will receive first round consideration whenever he enters the NFL Draft," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Thompson is an athletic and versatile linebacker and will receive first round consideration whenever he enters the NFL Draft. He will receive some Ryan Shazier comparisons with his speed and nose for the ball, making plays at every level of the field with the versatility to line up inside and outside and handle responsibilities in coverage, vs. the run and blitzing," Brugler wrote. Brugler adds that 6-foot-2, 225-pound Thompson "is an every-down playmaker on defense, something all 32 NFL teams could use."
Oct 17 - 4:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "is a 2nd round type of player, who fits in the NFL as a NT or 1-technique DT in any scheme."

"For me, Shelton is a 2nd round type of player, who fits in the NFL as a NT or 1-technique DT in any scheme. But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he ends up first round due to the "planet theory" (only so many guys on the planet with that size and athletic ability)," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 327-pound Shelton "has the upper body strength to bully blockers and rip through blocks, but he does need to show the same intensity on each snap," according to Brugler.
Oct 17 - 4:22 PM

Seattle Times beat writer Adam Jude believes Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles "has done really well is take care of the ball" this season.

"The one thing Miles has done really well is take care of the ball," Jude told the Oregonian. "He has 129 pass attempts this season without an interception (joining Marcus Mariota and Utah's Travis Wilson as the only quarterbacks with 100-plus attempts without a pick)." Jude adds that the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Miles "has been up and down" this season and "looked much, much better against Cal, throwing the ball decisively and efficiently, and getting the ball quicker to his playmakers on the perimeter."
Oct 17 - 2:29 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha was named Mel Kiper's midseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Kikaha leads the country in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (10). "And what I like is we're seeing the disruption every week," Kiper wrote. "There hasn't been a game this season when he hasn't had a sack and (obviously) a tackle for loss. This defense is loaded with prospects, from Shaq Thompson to Danny Shelton to Marcus Peters. But quietly, Kikaha has been the most consistent performer. Draft stock? Right now I'd put him in the late-first-day (but likelier second-day) conversation." Last month, Rotoworld's Josh Norris praised Kikaha: "Unlike many prospects, Kikaha uses his hands very well on first contact. He is able to control his opponent at the point of attack, and either work inside or take an outside angle with bend to turn the corner. Hand use is also the reason Kikaha flashed success when rushing from the inside."
Oct 13 - 11:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters is "the best CB prospect" he's seen in college football this season.

"The best CB prospect I've seen in CFB this season? Washington's Marcus Peters. Top-10 seems realistic for his skill-set," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Peters has three picks in his last three games, which could explain the steam behind his recent stock surge.
Oct 8 - 2:26 PM

An AFC scout believes Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "is a more natural runner" than UCLA's Myles Jack.

The evaluator believes Thompson should be moved full-time to offense. "I'd make sure he touches it 25 times a game," he said. Thompson ranks No. 6 on the Huskies with nine carries for 84 yards (9.3 yards per carry). But how could Washington possibly hope to replace him on defense? "As one NFC scout told us, Thompson has been a 'playmaking machine' for the Huskies' defense, creating takeaways and being highly disruptive," passed along. "Washington has hinted that Thompson will be more involved on offense, but a full-time move to running back? That would be a surprise."
Oct 2 - 2:27 AM

A Pac-12 head coach said Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters reminds him of Seahawks star Richard Sherman "in terms of size, length and ball skills."

The coach added that Peters is in competition with Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for the designation of best CB in the Pac-12. "Peters is an intriguing prospect, but that's some tremendous praise from the Pac-12 coach,"'s trio of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu is still regarded by many as the top defensive back in all of college football, not just the best corner in the Pac-12. As for the Sherman comparison, Peters might play big, but at 6-feet and 190 pounds, he can't quite match Sherman's size (6-3, 195)." Peters has three picks in his last two games, which perhaps explains the steam behind his recent stock surge. He "has the natural tools to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week.
Oct 2 - 1:38 AM

NFL scouts have been "raving" about Washington senior DT Danny Shelton all season, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Scouts have been raving about Shelton all season and the senior did not disappoint during the loss to Stanford," Pauline wrote. "He finished with seven tackles, recovered one fumble and was relentless in his pursuit of the action all game. After five games this season Shelton leads the Husky defense in total tackles (46), tackles for loss (10) as well as sacks (7). In the midst of a career season, Shelton’s playmaking skill has elevated his draft stock." Shelton is a massive 6-foot-1, 327-pounder who many peg as a two-gapping run stuffer up front. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and Rotoworld's Josh Norris believe his outstanding production thus far has been a little fluky.
Sep 30 - 9:35 PM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "could play a handful of positions" in the NFL, notes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"I use 'OLB' as his position in the NFL, and mention it because Thompson could play a handful of positions given his athletic abilities," Kiper wrote. "On Saturday against Stanford he was again all over the place on defense, causing a pair of fumbles, getting into the backfield to make a play, knocking down a pass. A high school sprinter who initially profiled as a safety who could also take some carries at running back (he was also a star RB in high school), I think Thompson is going to be best as a disruptive pass-rusher who also can drop and play in space. He's simply a playmaker, and a likely first-round pick when he's ready." The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Thompson initially started in the Huskies' secondary as a hybrid nickelback/safety before he moved over to the WILL linebacker position full-time in 2014. Thompson (4.56 forty) is also being used as a running back this season.
Sep 30 - 8:56 PM's Ted Miller reports that Washington HC Chris Petersen believes sophomore QB Cyler Miles "needs to stay in pocket more instead of running on first impulse."

"Chris Petersen, while not happy with O-line, says QB Cyler Miles needs to stay in pocket more instead of running on 1st impulse," Miller tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 213 pound Miles completed 15 of 29 passes with just 98 yards passing in a 20-13 loss to Stanford. The Huskies only managed 179 yards of total offense on the day, with only 2.6 yards per play. The Huskies prospect often ran from the pocket due to defensive pressure and pure impatience. Stanford sacked Miles four times, and hit the young QB early and often throughout the game.
Sep 30 - 3:26 PM

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