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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," NFL.com 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."
Source: NFL.com
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," NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
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

ESPN.com'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

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington junior off LOS LB Shaq Thompson has "a lot of positive game tape for NFL scouts to swoon over."

"On the season, Thompson has recorded 35 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, three defensive scores and a lot of positive game tape for NFL scouts to swoon over," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound former safety, switched to weakside linebacker full-time this season and has excelled so far. The Huskies have also utilized Thompson's talent at running back this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 30 - 2:06 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters had an interception in Saturday's win against Stanford.

He now has three picks in his last two games (he was suspended the game before that, against Illinois). Peters earned a preseason Round 2 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang called him a potential first-rounder. Peters "has the natural tools to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week.
Sep 28 - 9:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington junior off LOS LB Shaq Thompson "needs to be coached up in several areas before he's ready for the NFL, but his natural skill-set will receive first round grades."

"Like(Ryan)Shazier, he needs coached up in several areas before he's ready for the NFL, but his natural skill-set will receive first round grades," Brugler wrote. 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 is second on the team with with 28 tackles and has two huge defensive touchdowns, with an interception and fumble recovery both returned for scores in the school's 44-19 win over Illinois. Thompson is also being used as a running back this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 25 - 3:48 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton's "2014 production has been impressive, although it's also somewhat misleading and he's unlikely to keep up this pace," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"In 27 starts entering the year, he had just 2.5 career sacks so Shelton's 2014 production (7 sacks) has been impressive, although it's also somewhat misleading and he's unlikely to keep up this pace," Brugler wrote. Brugler adds that the Huskies' prospect tends to rely "too much on his upper body strength at times and needs to continue and develop his leverage and technique," but he believes scouts still "like his combination of power to two-gap and range to work all over the line of scrimmage." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been persistent that Shelton's seven sacks this season are an aberration.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 25 - 2:45 PM

The News Tribune reports that Huskies HC Chris Petersen "sounds as if he expects sophomore receiver John Ross to be able to play."

The 5-foot-11, 179 pound Ross sat out with a leg injury in last week’s 45-14 victory over Georgia State, but HC Petersen told The News Tribune on Thursday that the expectation this week is for Ross to "suit up and play. That’s our expectation, and we’ll kind of go from there after that." The Huskies wideout has practiced this week, and currently leads the Huskies with 224 yards receiving on six catches with three touchdowns.
Sep 25 - 2:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters "has the natural tools to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick."

"With his size, length and athleticism, Peters has the natural tools to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick," Brugler wrote. The Huskies prospect was suspended for the Illinois game, after he was involved in a sideline tirade with assistant coaches and was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In his first game back from suspension, Peters made an impact against Georgia State recording two interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 25 - 2:14 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters had a pair of interceptions in Saturday's win against Georgia State.

Peters returned from suspension after missing the Illinois game due to a sideline tirade after he was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Peters earned a preseason Round 2 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang called him a potential first-rounder. Rang, however, believes Peters has "character red-flags." Rang tweeted last week: "First round talent. Physical, athletic CB best in press. Good ball skills. Played his best vs top competition. Character red-flags."
Sep 21 - 6:42 PM

CBS Sport's Rob Rang believes Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters has "character red-flags," but is a "first round talent."

"First round talent. Physical, athletic CB best in press. Good ball skills. Played his best vs top competition. Character red-flags," Rang tweeted. The Huskies prospect was suspended for the Illinois game, after he was involved in a sideline tirade with assistant coaches and was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Sep 18 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to initially overstating Washington senior DT Danny Shelton's "ability to move and get up the field."

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been persistent that Shelton's six sacks this season are an aberration, and it seems like Kiper agrees once watching the film. Shelton ranks as Kiper's No. 22 overall prospect.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:14 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters will play against Georgia State after being suspended for the Illinois game.

"We got him back," head coach Chris Petersen said. "He’s back with us. We’ll just take it one day at a time." Peters was suspended as a result of a sideline tirade after he was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Peters is extremely talented, and the Huskies finally put things together defensively against the Illini.
Sep 16 - 9:52 AM


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