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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Washington

These are the school's prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Danny Shelton*, DT, Washington
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 343.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2015): Top 25.

    1/31/15: Shelton is a massive lineman who has a lot of power at the point of attack. Not only can Shelton bulldoze his way into the backfield, he is very quick and athletic for a heavy nose tackle. Shelton can collapse the pocket quickly. He destroys single blocks and commanded consistent double teams. Shelton is an ideal nose tackle for a 3-4 defense. Shelton was one of the nation's leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with nine. Not only was Shelton getting to the quarterback, but he also stuffed the run. Besides his nine sacks, Shelton had 87 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries in 2014. He battled hard against Stanford, Oregon, and UCLA.

    At the Senior Bowl, Shelton was phenomenal. He was a load for the offensive lineman and couldn't be single blocked. Shelton won in the pass-rushing one-on-ones and excellent in the run scrimmages. That week in Mobile could push Shelton into the top 10.

    8/23/14: Shelton turned in 59 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013. He had an excellent bowl game against BYU with seven tackles and a lot of disruption at the point of attack. In 2012, Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention that season.

    Shelton is a nice fit as a nose tackle who has a burst to get a push on the pocket. He would be a fit as a nose in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Shelton is a good run-defender who needs to develop his ability to pressure the quarterback
  2. Shaq Thompson*, OLB, Washington
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    1/31/15: Thompson totaled 81 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, four passes broken up, one interception and three forced fumbles in 2014. He produced some clutch turnovers for the Huskies. Thompson showed his athleticism by contributing at running back with an average of averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 456 yards and two touchdowns. He produced some clutch turnovers for the Huskies. For the NFL, Thompson is a speedy sideline-to-sideline linebacker. A few teams told WalterFootball.com that they graded Thompson on the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

    8/23/14: Thompson played well for Washington in 2013 with 78 tackles, four tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and an interception. He was a freshman sensation for the Huskies the year before and made a huge impact for their defense. Thompson totaled 74 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions, three passes broken up and a blocked kick.

    The junior has added some necessary weight. It will be interesting to see if Thompson can take his game to another level as an upperclassman.

    Personal: Thompson played pro baseball in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox. After one season of minor league baseball, Thompson gave up on baseball to focus on football preparation in the summer of 2013.
  3. Marcus Peters*, CB, Washington
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    2/7/15: Washington kicked Peters off the team after multiple run-ins with the new coaching staff. The repeated arguments led to not only him losing his opportunity to finish out the season, but sources say they feel it is unlikely Peters will be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Sources said that a lot can change in the months to come, and if Peters cleans up his act while interviewing well with teams, perhaps a team picking late in the first round could roll the dice on him. However, it is more likely that the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft is the highest he should hope to go. Other cornerbacks with major off-the-field issues like Janoris Jenkins and Tyrann Mathieu were kicked off their teams before entering the NFL Draft and ended up going in the second and third round respectively.

    Peters recorded 23 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions in his abbreviated 2014 season. He had an excellent game against Stanford with an interception and good coverage on Cardinal receiver Ty Montgomery. Versus Jaelen Strong and Arizona State, Peters had a solid game. He was beaten by Strong on two receptions, but had wins on Strong as well. Peters covered Strong better than any other has defensive back this season. Peters picked up two tackles with a tackle for a loss and two passes broken up versus the Sun Devils.

    Against Oregon, Peters had seven tackles with a couple missed stops. His girlfriend gave birth the night before the game, so perhaps he was understandably distracted. Peters wasn't beaten in pass coverage though.

    8/27/14: In 2013, Peters recorded 55 tackles with five interceptions, one forced fumble and nine passes broken up. He had some clutch games against Stanford and Oregon State. Peters was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer. He has the physical talent to rise as a junior and/or senior.

    Peters has quickness and agility to maintain coverage. The prior season as a freshman, he snagged two interceptions for Washington while starting in eight games. Peters redshirted in 2011.
  4. Hau'Oli Kikaha, DE/OLB, Washington
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 246.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    1/31/15: In 2014, Kikaha led college football in sacks with 19. He also had 66 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two passes batted. He was extremely consistent, recording a sack in every game. At the Senior Bowl, Kikaha illustrated that he needs some work for the NFL as an outside linebacker and isn't big enough to be more than a situational defensive end for obvious passing plays.

    Kikaha is quick off the edge with good moves and agility. Kikaha needs to get stronger for the NFL. He would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. For a 4-3 defense, Kikaha would need to have to move from linebacker to end. If Kikaha were bigger with more explosiveness, he'd be a higher draft pick.

    8/23/14: After missing the 2012 season with a knee injury, Kikaha took the Pac-12 by storm as a junior. He ripped off 13 sacks with 70 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and three passes batted. He had only 15 tackles in 2011 and 49 stops in 2010. Kikaha is a dangerous edge rusher who could rise high if he can stay consistent with his 2013 performance.

    Personal: Former champion in judo.
  5. Kasen Williams, WR, Washington
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2014): 5-7.

    2/14/15: Williams recorded 20 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He wasn't used much by Washington's new coaching staff and could have been slowed down by lingering issues from his 2013 injury. Williams put together a solid week at the East-West Shrine.

    8/27/14: Williams played well for Washington in 2013 with 29 receptions for 421 yards and a touchdown. He fractured his leg in late October and missed the final five contests.

    Williams had a very impressive sophomore season. Even though the Huskies had a tremendous tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Williams ended up leading the team in receiving. He did that despite quarterback Keith Price having a disappointing junior year. Williams totaled 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. His only 100-yard receiving game of the season came against Stanford (10-129).

    Williams has good size with exceptional leaping ability to make catches over defenders. The senior needs to use 2014 to show the speed and quickness to consistently get separation. He hurt his stock in 2013 with a traffic arrest on suspicion of DUI.


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