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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller likens Washington junior QB Jake Browning to Aaron Murray in college at Georgia.

Murray went in Round 5 of the 2014 draft. "[M]y first impression was that he's a mid-round prospect with good accuracy, a small frame and small arm," Miller wrote of Browning. "The selling point that may help Browning's stock is that his ball placement is extremely impressive at times." We're on board with this comp, but would add that Browning has the potential for upward mobility with two years of eligibility remaining -- especially if he can add bulk and more velocity to his throws. The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder threw for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.
May 18 - 1:28 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker compared Washington four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jacob Sirmon to Georgia sophomore QB Jacob Eason.

"Both are Washington natives and possess prototypical size and height for pocket passers," Tucker writes. "They have polished mechanics with a compact delivery and equally impressive velocity and accuracy on their deep balls." The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder drew another (somewhat inevitable) comp from ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert last summer -- they see him as a "bigger version" of current Huskies gunslinger Jake Browning.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Washington junior T Trey Adams as the No. 22 draft-eligible prospect in college football.

"The hulking Adams (6-7, 302) is a big-time talent who's still learning and improving and could shoot way up the Big Board in 2017," Kiper wrote. In his two years n campus, Adams has started 23 games at left tackle as Jake Browning's blind-side protector. Adams has been called the most physically imposing Huskies offensive lineman since Lincoln Kennedy. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom recently listed Adams as the draft-eligible collegiate tackle with the most NFL riser potential.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 1:00 PM

Texans signed Washington OLB Joe Mathis.

Mathis (6’2/266) was a two-year starter at outside linebacker in Washington's 3-4 defense, tallying 15.5 TFLs, nine sacks and two forced fumbles before suffering a year-ending foot injury last season. Mathis earned PFF College’s highest pass rush productivity rating with 30 QB pressures in seven 2016 appearances. On tape, Mathis exhibits questionable quickness and overall athleticism, and his college production was limited despite small sample success in his final year. Mathis could be someone to watch if healthy.
May 9 - 12:52 PM

In a 2018 mock, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline commented that Washington redshirt junior DL Vita Vea "could end up in the top five -- he's that well thought of in the scouting community."

Vea ended up going No. 10 to the Vikings in Pauline's 2018 exercise. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom had Vea slotted No. 12 to the Titans in his own 2018 mock. The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Vea is a tremendous athlete for his gargantuan size.
May 8 - 1:53 PM

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel notes that Washington redshirt freshman CB Byron Murphy has "likely locked down a starting job" for 2017.

Mandel tagged Murphy as one of the spring's breakout stars. Washington has its fair share of retooling ahead of it given significant departures for the NFL. In Murphy's case, the losses of corners Kevin King and Sidney Jones open the door for immediate playing time during the upcoming season. The 5-foot-11, 168-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 187 prospect for the 2016 cycle. Said HC Chris Petersen, "If the ball’s around him he’s got a very good chance of making a play on it."
Source: FOX Sports
May 5 - 7:11 PM

Washington OL coach Scott Huff says junior T Trey Adams needs to work on his consistency.

"You see him do some stuff and it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s how it’s supposed to look,’" Huff said last month. "But then the next time it’s like, ‘Hey, that looked like two years ago. That’s not acceptable.’ So we’ve got to hold him to that level of consistency, and he’s got a ways to go." The 6-foot-8, 320-pound Adams has been called the most imposing Huskies offensive lineman since Lincoln Kennedy. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom recently listed him as the collegiate tackle with the most NFL riser potential in 2017.
May 5 - 3:24 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Green Bay Packers a "C" grade for their draft.

"The Packers’ draft grade would be higher had they used the No. 93 selection on Carl Lawson or Trey Hendrickson instead of [BYU RB Jamaal] Adams," Silva writes. He does like their selections of Washington CB Kevin King (No. 33), NC State S Josh Jones (No. 61) and UTEP RB Aaron Jones (No. 182). Looking for a more glowing opinion? Look no further than Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Pauline had no need for the red pen in his gradebook, handing the Packers a sterling "A+" grade. The analyst believes that Green Bay's third-round selection of Auburn DL Montravius Adams "comes with home-run potential." That runs in stark contrast to Silva's assessment of Adams, as our NFL guru writes that Adams was "one of the worst picks of round three" and "a likely non-NFL contributor."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 8:13 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Bengals a "B+" for their draft.

Silva writes that Cincinnati naturally draws the eye to their class due in part to name recognition. Among the college stars the Bengals reeled in, Washington WR John Ross (No. 9 pick), Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon (No. 48) and Auburn DE Carl Lawson (No. 116). "The Bengals took some calculated risks here," Silva concludes, "but there’s no question they gobbled up a lot of talented players and added upside to their roster." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees matters similarly, tossing the Bengals a "B+" of his own in the gradebook. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke is even higher on this class, assigning it an "A-" grade.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 4:36 PM

Colts signed Washington TE Darrell Daniels.

Daniels (6’3/247) made 18 starts in four years as a Huskie, managing a career 47-728-5 (15.5 YPR) receiving line and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. PFF College charted Daniels with just two career drops. Although Daniels never reached 20 catches in a college season, he is an elite athlete for the position with 4.55 speed and long arms (34 ½"). Daniels also played special teams throughout college, which should help his bid for an early-career roster spot. Recruited to Washington as a wideout, Daniels offers developmental upside as a "move" tight end.
May 1 - 3:17 PM

Eagles selected Washington DT Elijah Qualls with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Qualls (6’1/313) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting 2-of-3 seasons for Washington, tallying 12.5 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks and earning first-team All-Pac 12 in 2016. On college tape, Qualls held the point of attack versus double teams and showed bull-rush ability in addition to run-stopping prowess. Qualls tested as a 36th-percentile athlete, however, and he is short armed (30 5’8") with average up-field burst. In the NFL, Qualls projects as a run clogger first who will have to overachieve as a pocket pusher to earn a full-time role.
Apr 29 - 5:38 PM

Eagles selected Washington CB Sidney Jones with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’0/186) turned pro after starting 39-of-40 games as a Husky, piling up 8.5 career tackles for loss, nine interceptions, and six forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 as both a sophomore and junior. Per PFF College, Jones hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass since Week 7 of the 2015 season. When healthy, Jones is a lean press corner with 4.47 speed in the Desmond Trufant mold, drawing first-round grades from scouts. Unfortunately, Jones tore his left Achilles’ at Washington’s Pro Day on March 11. While Jones has vowed to be ready for Week 1, he’s more likely to "redshirt" his first NFL season.
Apr 28 - 8:09 PM

Cardinals selected Washington CB Budda Baker with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Baker (5’10/195) started 41-of-41 games at Washington before turning pro, tallying 13.5 career tackles for loss, five interceptions, four sacks, and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-America as a 2016 junior. Baker terrorized Pac 12 offenses as a blitzer and erased the slot on passing downs. Often compared to Tyrann Mathieu, Baker compensates for his size with instincts, dynamic play speed, and efficient tackling. He blazed 4.45 at the Combine. Baker projects as a slot corner-free safety hybrid in a playmaking movable-chess-piece role. Arizona has a rich man's version of Baker in Tyrann Mathieu, although that is the Cardinals' "type," and Mathieu has battled persistent injuries.
Apr 28 - 7:40 PM

Packers selected Washington CB Kevin King with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

King (6’3/200) made 36 starts in Washington's secondary, opening his career at safety before developing into a shutdown corner across from Sidney Jones. Tallying 28 career pass breakups and six interceptions, King was largely overshadowed by Jones despite allowing just one touchdown pass over his final 28 games. King ripped up the Combine with an absurd 99th-percentile SPARQ score and 4.43 straight-line speed. King struggles with short-area routes as most plus-sized corners do, but his ceiling is sky high as a long boundary presence with highlight-reel ball skills. On tape, King reminds of Antonio Cromartie in his prime.
Apr 28 - 7:28 PM

Two teams told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler that they have scrapped Washington edge rusher Joe Mathis from their boards due to medical concerns over his surgically-repaired foot.

Mathis' foot surgery in November brought his 2016 to an early close. While the 6-foot-2, 266-pounder said at the end of January that he is 100% recovered from that surgery, there are clearly still those teams that are not completely sold on that front. Mathis most likely won't be seeing draft interest until Day 3, assuming he does see interest.
Apr 28 - 6:53 PM


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