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Ledyard | Huskies ride Gaskin to big victory over Colorado

#6 Washington Huskies v Colorado Buffaloes

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 p.m. ET

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

Washington (37), Colorado (10)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Washington Huskies

Jake Browning, QB, Junior

Analysis: Good pace on a slant pattern. Late on a corner throw that was too high and behind his receiver. Overthrew Dante Pettis in the end zone and placed it out of bounds. Moved well to throwing lanes in a generally clean pocket. Ball flutters frequently on vertical routes. Don’t think he has the velocity to drive deeper, tight window throws. Dropped a throw into double coverage on a post pattern, but placed it well to give his receiver a chance to high point for the TD. Decent athlete. Stock: Same

Myles Gaskin, RB, Junior

Analysis: 27 carries, 202 yards, two touchdowns. Showed good patience to find a crease even when things were initially bottled up. Decisive when he sees it. Way more powerful than you’d guess for his size, consistently picked up extra yards after contact. Exceptional vision on outside zone runs. Consistently sees everything developing at the line of scrimmage, and attacks lost leverage on the edge immediately. Burst and long speed is impressive. Stock: Up

Dante Pettis, WR, Senior

Analysis: Beat Isaiah Oliver to the back corner of the end zone on a post-corner route, but pass was overthrown. Dropped an out route that was well thrown, while Oliver provided some contact at the catch point. Oliver’s press and phyiscality seemed to give Pettis some issues in gaining separation in route breaks and releases at times. I’m a big Pettis fan, but tonight wasn’t his best showing. Stock: Down

Trey Adams, OT, Junior

Analysis: Looked stiff in space and has some trouble latching and staying on contact consistently. Wasn’t really challenged as a pass protector, but did get beat to the edge once with speed, although he recovered to shove his opponent up the arc. He wasn’t bad in this game, but I’m a little concerned about his traits if he’s being considered a first round prospect. Stock: Same

Coleman Shelton, C, Senior

Analysis: Clean puller who blocked three dudes on one play. Moved into space and quickly diagnosed his assignments. Plays too high at the point of attack, but battles with his hands inside to stay on contact. This wasn’t a great matchup to test him. Stock: Up

Vita Vea, DT, RS Junior

Analysis: Bullied a dude into the punter to block a punt. Didn’t show up much as a pass rusher, except on twists. Gets caught up in phone booth battles and doesn’t always get off blocks cleanly. Space eater in the run game with decent range when he does work free. Vea is loved by many in the draft community, but I don’t see him do high value things enough to consider him a first round player. Stock: Same

Greg Gaines, DT, RS Junior

Analysis: Gap clogger and double team eater on the inside. Works his hands as a pass rusher, but lacking athletically and explosively. Not gonna win a lot of 1v1 reps as a pass rusher.  Stock: Same

Azeem Victor, LB, RS Senior

Analysis: Looks bulkier. Flashed with some big hits, but still takes took long to diagnose and attack. Clearly has the athleticism, but the processing speed worries me. Stock: Same

Keishawn Bierria, LB, RS Senior

Analysis: Quicker to diagnose and fill than Victor. Comes downhill and attacks pullers to blow up plays at the point of attack. Bierria seemed to be in and out of the lineup, but looked good when he was on the field. His range and processing were a big reason why Colorado couldn’t establish their run game. Stock: Up

Colorado Buffaloes

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado

Analysis: Typically a reliable receiver, but short-armed a throw to the flat that was intercepted. Plays incredibly hard and physical, but the lack of athletic and physical traits needed to be successful at the next level are apparent. Tries to improvise at times, but doesn’t really have the skill set to make that his forte, and isn’t big or powerful enough to consistently be an inside runner. Stock: Down

Isaiah Oliver, CB, Junior

Analysis: Allowed separation over the top to Pettis in the end zone, but pass was overthrown. Great close on an out route to Pettis to contest the catch. Great job boxing Pettis to the sideline on a vertical route, slowing him down and delaying an inside release. Faced with locking up one of college football’s best receivers, I thought Oliver played really well and elevated his stock significantly. Stock: Up

Other Players that Flashed

Chico McClatcher, WR, Washington – Speed to make explosive plays as a receiver or gadget weapon, but did suffer a second half ankle injury that didn’t look promising.

Ryan Bowman, EDGE, Washington – High motor pass rusher who worked around the edge and draw a hold, while also forcing a rushed throw that was intercepted. Hit an inside spin move later in the game for a sack, then shed a block to make a big stop on third-and-short. Bowman isn’t a great athlete but he’s got the polish to help right away, which is rare for a redshirt freshman.

Jordan Miller, CB, Washington – Two interceptions highlighted Miller’s night, and one was a great grab in the back of the end zone to finish off a play where he had terrific deep coverage. Miller is just a junior, but we all know how Washington has cranked out corners…

Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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