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NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "did nothing to dissuade [people who think he'll be a top 10 pick] with his performance in practices" at the Senior Bowl.

"He's a big man at 6-2, 343, but he has better feet and stamina than you might think," Davis wrote. "Shelton is not just a sit-in-the-middle nose tackle. I think he can be a three-down defensive lineman at the next level -- he played against a lot of up-tempo offenses in the Pac-12 and he didn't come off the field much. Shelton reminds me of Casey Hampton early in his career with the Steelers." Davis' NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect. Shelton is one of this class' most intriguing eye-of-the-beholder prospect. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class, while an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 12:16 AM

Scout's Inc. wrote that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "is so tough to move off the ball against the run and can really control the middle."

"He's never going to be a high-volume sack guy, but he pushed the pocket Wednesday, which is what you want out of him at the next level. He's still a top-10 guy on our board," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect and McShay ranks him as the No. 9 prospect. An AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week, meanwhile, that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Jan 24 - 4:48 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton told ESPN's James Walker that he fist pumped on the scale earlier this week at the Senior Bowl because he had ballooned to 360 in early January.

Shelton stepped the scales Tuesday and weighed in at 342 pounds. "I’ve been training really hard," Shelton said. "I’m on a nutritional diet and so it’s looking good for me." Shelton looks like no worse than a top-15 pick at the moment. "[Shelton] was hard to move in the middle and did a good job shedding blockers [in practices]," Walker wrote. "He showed very good strength and moved well to the football in team and individual drills."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 9:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Washington senior DT Danny Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect.

Shelton is fast becoming one of this class' most intriguing eye-of-the-beholder prospect. Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Shelton as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class, while some teams have probably already decided that they won't be taking the big fella in the first round. For instance, an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick. "Shelton is an ideal 3-4 nose tackle," Jeremiah wrote. "He has an enormous lower half and he effortlessly holds the point of attack versus double teams. He continually stacks and tosses single blocks to the ground, and has surprisingly good lateral range for his size. He is also effective in the passing game because of his ability to create steady movement with his bull rush as well as sneaky quickness to work the edge of his opponent. His effort is phenomenal from snap to whistle, and he makes plays in pursuit in the fourth quarter of the games I studied."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 5:07 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "is much better rushing the passer than he is in coverage," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, like Orchard, is much better rushing the passer than he is in coverage, where his lack of balance and fluidity are readily apparent, Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kikaha led the nation with 19 sacks this season, adding 73 total tackles and two forced fumbles. Our own Josh Norris believes "Kikaha is one of the best at using his hands and length to win on first contact and on counter moves."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 2:36 PM

An AFC assistant general manager said he doesn't believe Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is a top-10 pick.

"I don't think Danny Shelton is a top-10 pick," the assistant GM told NFL.com. Just why is that the case? We kick it to the NFL Media crew of Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread and Bryan Fischer: "Despite the glowing reports media pundits have put on Shelton, there are some NFL executives worried about his impact potential at the next level as a nose tackle. While the scout is impressed with Shelton's ability to control the point of attack as a classic nose tackle, he doesn't see the position flexibility or pass-rush skills that would make the Washington star a dynamic playmaker as a pro. He compares Shelton to former Pro Bowl NT Casey Hampton -- a spectacular run-stopper but not a guy that you envision being a dominant pass rusher in the middle of the line. Given the premium evaluators place on players capable of impacting the passing game, Shelton's value could dip a bit as the draft nears."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 7:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that it's "important for [Washington senior DT Danny Shelton] to show scouts [at the Senior Bowl] that he is more than a 'two-down' player to secure his spot as the top defensive tackle in the class."

"Despite the recent emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, defensive coordinators still build their respective game plans around stopping the run," Brooks wrote. "Thus, there is a lot of intrigue surrounding Shelton's potential as a disruptive force in the middle. The 6-foot-2, 339-pounder is a dominant run defender as a stout nose tackle, but evaluators want to see if he offers anything as a pass rusher at the point of attack." The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder recorded 93 tackles, led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9) this past season. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Shelton to Haloti Ngata. The big fella has also been compared to Alameda Ta'amu.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 11:08 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha's functional strength will be scrutinized at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The nation's leader in sacks (19) this past season, Kikaha lined up as the 'BUCK' linebacker in the Huskies' 3-4 scheme so scouts will be focused to see how he looks with his hand on the ground, returning to defensive end this week," Brugler wrote. "The motor and quickness are there, but does Kikaha have the functional strength to live in the trenches?" Kikaha added 73 total tackles and two forced fumbles to the prestigious sack total. "Kikaha is one of the best at using his hands and length to win on first contact and on counter moves," wrote Rotoworld's Josh Norris.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 11:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that he's "not sure I've ever scouted a nose tackle who makes more plays outside the hashmarks" than Washington senior DT Danny Shelton.

"Although some evaluators are undecided on his ideal NFL role, he has impressive power and foot quickness for a player his size and I'm not sure I've ever scouted a nose tackle who makes more plays outside the hashmarks," Brugler wrote. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Shelton to Haloti Ngata. The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). He also had 93 tackles as a DT.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 11:24 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Washington senior DT Danny Shelton to Haloti Ngata.

"He reminds me of Haloti Ngata. If he takes care of business between now and May 1st, I think he's a top 10 pick," said Mayock. "When you put the tape on, he's quick. He gets up and down the line of scrimmage and plays forever at 350 pounds." Shelton is one of the headliners of this week's Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). That's not all: Shelton tallied an incredible 93 tackles as a DT.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:51 PM

Washington senior WR Kasen Williams "showed the flashes that lead some to believe he can start in the NFL" in East-West Shrine Game practices, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"During Wednesday's practice, Williams made a number of acrobatic catches, showing off his athleticism, body control and natural ballskills to track the ball and go and get it," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates smoothly off the line of scrimmage and doesn't need to slow down in his breaks, shifting gears very easily to get downfield. However, Williams has struggled with the details of the position, including his route running and body language both pre and post snap. He will require a patient coaching staff, but Williams could end up being a steal in the later rounds after a year or two of NFL seasoning." Williams has been exceedingly slow to heal from a 2013 lisfranc injury, but he might have shown scouts enough this week to hear his name called in the spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 12:50 PM

Washington senior WR Kasen Williams "just can't get off of press coverage like he used to," said an AFC West scout.

"I know he is trying to come back from a foot injury, but I'm just worried that he's never going to be the guy he was two years ago," the scout said. We don't need to tell you that this is a crippling indictment of Williams' current game. If you saw him play over the past few years, we also don't need to tell you that it's fair. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder, Washington's first ever Parade All-American Player of the Year, has been a huge disappointment outside of a big 2012 (77 receptions). He posted a rough stat line of 20 receptions, 189 yards, and two touchdowns in 2014. "Williams struggled to find his way this year after trying to come back from a lisfranc injury he suffered in 2013," observed NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "Williams was never known as a speedster and continues to struggle getting separation from physical cornerbacks. Williams' draft stock wasn't very high before the week, and after speaking with scouts, it appears it still isn't."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 6:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington senior WR Kasen Williams is "very intriguing because of the talent that flashes," but he's been "the target of a lot of yelling by the coaches" at East-West Shrine practice.

"And Monday's practice was similar as he showed NFL talent with athletic catches, but he was also the target of a lot of yelling by the coaches as he struggled with technique and didn't consistently play up to the level that he's capable of. Although he's not yet the sum of his parts, Williams is very intriguing because of the talent that flashes," Brugler wrote. The Huskies prospect only recorded 20 receptions for 189 yards, with two touchdowns in 2014. Back in 2012, Williams had a break out year with 77 receptions for 878 yards, with six touchdowns. Brugler notes that Williams "had a Jekyll-Hyde type of career at Washington, showing flashes of brilliance, but then disappearing for long stretches."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 3:19 PM

Seattle Times' Adam Jude reports that Huskies sophomore WR/CB John Ross had surgery last week to repair two meniscus tears in his right knee.

Ross injured his knee in the Huskies’ game versus Illinois on Sept. 13. Due to the Huskies' depleted secondary, Ross made a switch to cornerback and started in the last four games of the season. The 5-foot-11, 179 pound WR/CB plans on playing both offense and defense for the Huskies again in 2015.
Jan 12 - 3:31 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Washington junior LB/RB Shaq Thompson "is small for the position, but he is a freakish athlete."

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Thompson is supremely versatile and has the ability to handle the RB, OLB and S positions. Most draft evaluators, however, see him as an NFL OLB. Zierlein notes that Thompson "could play SS," but he doesn't think he would. The analyst believes the Huskies prospect will "keep growing and will be around 230-232" at the next level.
Jan 9 - 3:50 PM


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