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2018 Washington Huskies prospect primer

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2018 Washington Huskies prospect primer

Below are the notable Washington Huskies players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.  The Huskies did the PAC-12 proud last year, performing admirably against Alabama in the College Football Playoff. Although the team was gutted in the secondary, losing Sidney Jones, Budda Baker and Kevin King (all second round picks), Washington is poised for another strong year thanks to experienced starters.

Offense

Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3) drops back to pass the ball against USC. Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire.

Quarterback Jake Browning – 6020, 209 – Junior

 Browning took a huge leap forward in terms of productivity in his second year: he went from a touchdown/interception ratio of 16:10 as a freshman to a whopping 43:9 last year. But Browning doesn’t always show high end arm ability, something that is concerning in terms of his future prospects. Browning’s delivery can afford to be cleaned up and his ball placement/trajectory needs greater consistency going forward.

Running Back Myles Gaskin – 5100, 192 – Junior

Gaskin is an underrated name thanks to many of the gifted running backs in college football. That, plus his presence on a west coast time, means many folks simply don’t know who he is yet. But Gaskin has topped 1,300 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons and has registered 24 rushing touchdowns as a Husky as well. Gaskin has smooth feet figures to be highly productive in a conference not exactly known for defensive prowess.

Wide Receiver Dante Pettis – 6010, 188 – Senior

Pettis is an interesting case, as more than one member of the NDT Scouting staff felt he wasn’t especially dynamic in pads. Yet his testing numbers from the spring suggest he’s an explosive athlete. That disconnect will be something to watch in 2017, where Pettis can expect to command a lionshare of the targets from Browning now that John Ross has moved on to the NFL. Pettis has excellent ball skills and good polish as a route runner; he’ll be very productive this season.

Center Coleman Shelton – 6040, 293 – Redshirt Senior

Shelton is an experienced starter who has spent time all over the offensive line. He got some notable time at Right Tackle as a freshman, where he started seven games. Shelton’s frame and levels of power are best suited for the middle; where he will not be consistently asked to lock horns with powerful interior defensive linemen without some help.

Defense

Defensive Tackle Vita Vea – 6040, 346 – Redshirt Junior

Vea is a hot name, he’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of Cleveland Brown Danny Shelton and parlay some unique movement skills for his size into a high draft selection. Vea was a part time starter in 2016, so seeing how well he handles a higher work load will be important. As disruptive as he is, his utilization and usage are potential barriers to teams coveting him in the Draft. Vea needs to show strong conditioning and see snaps while sustaining that disruptive presence to optimize his value.

Linebacker Azeem Victor – 6020, 222 – Senior

Victor is a bit of a tweener. He’s a great open field athlete but his functional strength and presence in high traffic areas leave you wanting more out of him. Playing with a greater sense of aggression and power in between the tackles will be a big factor for assessing his game.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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