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Washington sophomore CB Elijah Molden picked off six passes over the course of spring practice.

That total topped all defensive backs on the team, with sophomore Keith Taylor nipping at Molden's heels via five picks -- two of which he returned for touchdowns. These two defensive backs are just cogs in a lethal (and young) secondary which may well be the strongest in the country from top-to-bottom.
May 18 - 3:01 PM

Washington redshirt sophomore LB Camilo Eifler will transfer.

This offseason has gone quite smoothly for the Huskies as they look to make a Playoff push in the autumn, but even the mightiest of squads can't hang on to everybody. While the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Eifler did see the field in 13 contests last season, he was mostly being utilized as a special teams piece, notching just six tackles for the campaign. Washington has depth at linebacker -- Eifler would have probably needed a strong push to start this year -- but the former four-star recruit is among the more athletic members of the position group and his transfer can't be counted as ideal for HC Chris Petersen's cause in Seattle. Should the redshirt sophomore opt to keep his move within the FBS, he'll have to sit out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
May 16 - 12:42 PM

NFL Draft Scout lists Washington junior S Taylor Rapp as one of the first-team All-American safeties for the 2018 season.

Rapp (6'0/207) is joined by Miami safety Jaquon Johnson at the position. Rapp was the freshman Defensive Player Of The Year in 2016, and he showed the same playmaking ability as a sophomore last year. "Washington secondary coach Jimmy Lake has opened an NFL pipeline from Seattle," they write, "and Rapp is at the head of a group of defensive backs that is probably the best in the country."
May 13 - 12:28 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes that Washington sophomore CB Keith Taylor "has measurables and natural talent to be a star for the Huskies."

"After a solid spring, in which he was second on the team with five interceptions, he's projected to be a starter," Ashcoff writes of the 6-foot-2, 186-pound Taylor before adding that "[h]e'll have to fend off a few people during fall camp, but Taylor's mix of physical and mental growth went a long way toward really impressing his coaches this spring." The sophomore corner arrived on campus in Seattle as four-star recruit in the 2017 class. He went on to register a modest eight tackles as a true freshman, but we figure to receive a more clear picture of just what he has to offer -- potentially, a lot -- in August camp and beyond.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 2:48 PM

Washington senior QB Jake Browning took every snap this spring.

Browning was limited in spring practice a year ago as he recovered from a January shoulder surgery. He would go on to post a disappointing, forgettable season after he had been working in Heisman contention during the 2016 campaign. Huskies HC Chris Petersen spoke of the senior signal-caller adding some "new little wrinkles" this spring as he readies for a potential rebound year. We view Washington as perhaps the most underrated team in the country -- we've seen them on the outside looking in on the top 10 of more than one offseason rankings release -- and a very real Playoff contender. Unlike any number of other top teams, who are in the midst of attempting to replace key contributors departed in either the draft or graduation, the Huskies are going to hit the 2018 season with their top guns mostly intact.
May 6 - 2:18 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects Washington T Trey Adams to go to the Cardinals with the seventh pick in his updated mock draft.

Adams would be the second tackle off the board in this scenario, behind Alabama's Jonah Williams who goes to the Bills with the sixth pick. The 6-foot-8, 309-pound offensive tackle likely would have been a first-round pick this year, but after tearing his ACL in October, he decided to return for his senior season. "Adams is a graceful brawler at left tackle with the size to be a force on the right side," writes Miller. "He does need to work on better leverage in the run game but has the power and size to be considered the best returning offensive tackle in college."
Apr 30 - 7:53 PM

Adam Jude of the Seattle Times writes that redshirt freshman QB Jake Haener will likely serve as the backup to Jake Browning in 2018.

The backup signal-caller position was open this year after K.J. Carta-Samuels transferred to Colorado State, and Haener is the one who stepped up to earn that role -- so far, anyway. He's competing with two four-star freshman quarterbacks who enrolled early in Colston Yankoff and Jacob Sirmon, so this likely will be a battle he'll have to keep winning throughout the season. The three will then have to compete with Georgia transfer Jacob Eason to win the starting job in 2019.
Apr 30 - 4:56 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a "B-" grade for their work in the draft.

Kadar was especially critical of the Bucs taking DT Vita Vea over S Derwin James in the first round. The Bucs have an immense need in the secondary and they only spent a fourth-round pick on Pittsburgh S Jordan Whitehead. His favorite pick was RB Ronald Jones II who "is a playmaker and should get a majority of the carries for the Buccaneers. He may be an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate." The Bucs first-round selection brought down their overall grade significantly in an otherwise solid draft.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 30 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Tom VanHaaren compared Washington four-star 2019 ATH commit Dylan Morris to Boise State QB Brett Rypien.

The analysts explain the comparison, "Both Rypien and Morris lack great physical stature, but both possess savvy, anticipation, accuracy and competitive traits that make them perfect for Washington." They think Morris "is a vintage QB for head coach Chris Peterson." Morris is actually the only verbal commit in the Pac-12 for the first edition of ESPN 300. They currently have him ranked at No. 117 overall but 247 Sports have him as their 3rd ranked pro-style quarterback. Even with Jacob Eason's transfer and two 2018 four-star commits, Morris seems to be set on attending Washington.
Apr 29 - 4:01 PM

Broncos selected Washington ILB Keishawn Bierria with the No. 217 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Bierria (6’0/230) was a three-plus-year starter for the Huskies, earning second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a junior and senior with 19.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was exposed as a substandard athlete at the Combine, managing tenth-percentile SPARQ results with poor forty (4.79) and three-cone (7.26) times. A solid college player whose ceiling is limited in the pros, Bierria wins with discipline and fundamentals over power and athletic ability. He may max out on special teams.
Apr 28 - 5:35 PM

Raiders selected Washington ILB Azeem Victor with the No. 216 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Victor (6’2/240) was on track to be a four-year starter in the Huskies’ linebacker corps before suffering a devastating leg fracture at the end of 2016, then facing two suspensions as a senior, one for DUI and the other for a failed drug test. He graduated with 14 career tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Victor tested as a non-explosive 18th-percentile athlete at the Combine, running 4.72 with a sluggish 7.20 three-cone time. He looks like a low-floor, low-ceiling prospect.
Apr 28 - 5:35 PM

Seahawks selected Washington TE Will Dissly with the No. 120 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Dissly (6’4/262) managed a career receiving line of 25/336/13.4/3 as a Huskie, moving from the defensive line to tight end for his final two seasons and earning second-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. A tenth-percentile SPARQ athlete who lacks seam-threatening speed (4.87), Dissly’s calling card is his dominant in-line blocking ability. Ala Raiders TE Lee Smith, Dissly’s ceiling is a No. 2 tight end whose primary role will be to open lanes and keep his quarterback clean.
Apr 28 - 1:20 PM

49ers traded up with the Redskins to select Washington WR Dante Pettis with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The 49ers gave up the 59th and 74th overall picks to move up. Pettis (6’1/186) made 36 starts in the Huskies’ wideout corps, logging a career 163/2,256/13.8/24 receiving line and scoring an NCAA-record nine touchdowns on punt returns. He scored four punt-return TDs in 2017. Pettis shined at the UW Pro Day, running 4.47 with a 10-foot-5 broad jump and quick-twitch 6.87 three-cone time. Pettis isn’t a high-ceiling wideout prospect, but he profiles as a potential No. 3 receiver with immediate return value.
Apr 27 - 8:05 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Washington WR Dante Pettis is "a better kick returner than he is a receiver."

The scout explained why he isn't high on Pettis' wide receiver ability, "he is quick, quicker than fast. They didn’t run him deep that much. He played the slot there. Inconsistent ball security." His return ability seems to be what teams will be paying attention to as the scout mentioned, "he excites you as a returner." Pettis holds the NCAA record for the most punt return touchdowns in a career with nine. He will likely be drafted in Rounds 3-4 with the potential to see the field immediately as a punt returner.
Apr 27 - 11:05 AM

Bucs selected Washington DT Vita Vea with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Bucs picked at No. 12 after trading down with the Bills. Vea (6’4/347) earned 2017 Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year, piling up 41 QB pressures and finishing as PFF College’s No. 2-graded run-defending interior defensive lineman. In three years as a Husky, Vea tallied 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Vea draws Haloti Ngata comparisons for his gargantuan size and powerful bull rush, but his get off is much less explosive, and Vea played only 62% of Washington’s 2017 defensive snaps. Still, Vea’s tape shows light feet for a big man, position flexibility, and an ability to create space for linebackers behind him to run free.
Apr 26 - 9:26 PM


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