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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

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock expects Washington CB Marcus Peters to slide, but not by much, due to character concerns.

The analyst indicated that Peters would have been a top 15-18 pick without those issues, but should be taken between picks 20-32 even with them. This sounds about right to us. In a competition for Round 1 positioning with Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson and Byron Jones, character concerns may have dropped him a peg or two, but a pass-happy league can't allow a corner as talented as Peters to slide out of Day 1.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 4:40 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton "likes (Haloti) Ngata," "tries to play him," and "comes pretty darn close," an anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

"True nose tackle, big body, clogs up the middle. He's a good one. He's going to go early," one scout said. We disagree with the ubiquitous Ngata comparison, as Shelton shares only his body, not his freaky athleticism. "He's the best tackle on our board," a different scout said. "He's big and strong and stops the run like the rest. But what makes him the best is he can get to the quarterback, too. I like him." A third scout concluded: "He looks like a 3-4 nose, a good 3-4 nose, but I wouldn't mind having him at tackle in a 4-3. He's just a real good player."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 12:39 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "is one of my favorite players in this draft class."

"He doesn't have the timed speed of the top pass-rusher prospects, but he's effective at getting to the quarterback because of his power, his relentless motor and his ability to finish plays," McShay wrote. "He isn't discouraged if his initial plan fails; in fact, one of the things I like most about him is that he frequently shows a counter-punch when reached by the offensive lineman." McShay ranks Kikaha No. 36 overall, joining Rotoworld in the front seat of Kikaha's bandwagon. "Whether it's converting speed to power, or moving back to the inside, or continuing with relentless pursuit, he consistently manages to be disruptive as a result of his second effort," McShay wrote. The analyst also praised Kikaha's ability to set the edge versus the run.
Apr 23 - 8:55 PM

On ProFootballTalk's PFT Live, Washington LB Shaq Thompson stated that he's "drawn the most interest from the Panthers."

The Panthers could look to Thompson as a long term option to replace LB Thomas Davis, who was also a converted safety they drafted back in 2005. With Thompson's versatility, he could make an immediate impact in the secondary or could be used as a linebacker. The Panthers would have solid group, with Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson patrolling the middle of the field.
Apr 22 - 3:34 PM

Mlive.com's Justin Rogers reports that Washington DT Danny Shelton had an official visit with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

With the departure of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley via free agency, the Lions are looking for a future stud to man the middle of their defensive line. The Lions signed Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker during the off season, but Shelton could be the long term option, who could join the rotation. The Washington prospect recorded 93 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, with nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014.
Source: Mlive.com
Apr 22 - 3:02 PM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said the College Football Focus metrics say Washington DT Danny Shelton can be more disruptive than the typical two-gap plugger.

"A lot of us [at PFF] think Shelton is closer to Leonard Williams than people think," Palazzolo said. Shelton had 47 quarterback pressures last year, CFF charting reports, well more than Eddie Goldman or Arik Armstead. One can argue that Shelton transcends the gap-plugger designation, but he isn't scheme versatile, as we'll allow ESPN's Todd McShay to explain: "Shelton is really a pure nose tackle. He commands double-teams with his size and strength."
Apr 21 - 10:34 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Washington CB Marcus Peters is visiting with the New York Jets on Tuesday.

The Jets were busy during free agency, signing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. With the Jets holding on to the No.6 pick, they could always move back in the draft, if Peters was there true target. If they were to groom Peters under a veteran group that they have in place, Peters could be worked in slowly, while he learns from the best to do it.
Apr 21 - 2:01 PM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "is effective off the edge because he uses his powerful, active hands to chop through blockers' attempts to latch onto him," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The key with Kikaha is placing him in a role in which he can win," Rang wrote. "He is quicker than fast and lacks ideal flexibility and awareness in coverage but if allowed to simply rush the quarterback, Kikaha (who led the nation with 19 sacks last season) will outplay his likely Day 3 selection." Frankly, we have no earthly idea where Kikaha will go. Rotoworld and Todd McShay both see him as a borderline Round 1 prospect, while TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline questions whether he's worth a draft pick at all and reported that some teams have yanked Kikaha from their boards due to health and athleticism concerns.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:08 PM

Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "has good snap anticipation, adequate get-off burst, great body control and strength to bend the edge while engaged, and, most importantly, he's a high-motor finisher," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Kikaha is one of this class' most divisive prospects. McShay is with us in being smitten with the Huskies edge rusher -- McShay ranks him No. 36 overall -- while others, like TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, question whether he's worth a draft pick at all. "He has the potential to stick as either a left or right defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, because of his size and strength," McShay wrote. "He will likely slip in the draft because of his knee injuries and his pedestrian workout numbers. But if I'm compiling a list of the best pure football players in this draft class, Kikaha is making the cut." Pauline also reported that some teams have yanked Kikaha from their boards due to the reasons McShay cites.
Apr 18 - 12:15 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Washington DT Danny Shelton No. 14 overall in the class but cautions that he isn't scheme versatile.

"Shelton is really a pure nose tackle," McShay wrote. "He commands double-teams with his size and strength." This is one reason we aren't as high on Shelton as others. Another is that while Shelton is obnoxiously compared to Haloti Ngata, the prospect shares only his size, not the freaky athleticism. Josh Norris ranks Shelton as the No. 27 prospect in the class.
Apr 16 - 7:07 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Washington CB Marcus Peters worked out for the Falcons on Wednesday, and will visit with Raiders next.

Peters has been busy the last couple of days, as he visited with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, had his Wednesday workout with the Falcons, and will take a trip back to his hometown to visit to the Oakland Raiders. With character concerns putting a dent in his draft stock, some interested teams are hoping the first-round-talent could slide to the second round.
Apr 15 - 3:46 PM

Washington DE Andrew Hudson met with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently.

If you don't follow you the Pac-12, you haven't heard much about Hudson because of his lackluster measurables. He's highly productive, however, ranking seventh in the country last year with 11.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder also tied for the team lead with 71 total tackles and added a recovered fumble and three forced fumbles.
Apr 14 - 4:56 PM


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