Scouting the Pac-12: Washington

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Washington made it to the final four last season and comes back a stronger program despite placing four players during the draft’s initial 45 choices. Three of those players came from the secondary, yet we expect the Huskies to have a stronger defense in 2017.

Two underclassmen tackles highlight the prospects on offense.

Left tackle Trey Adams is a tall, lean blocker who plays with solid fundamentals. I’m impressed with the way he bends his knees and blocks with leverage for such a tall lineman. He's explosive, fires off the snap, keeps his feet moving and shows the ability to slide off the edge.

Adams does show a bit of stiffness in his game but has an upside and in many ways reminds me of Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Kaleb McGary is another quick, explosive blocker who moves well on his feet. Strong at the point, he’s a solid position blocker who seals opponents from the action while also anchoring in pass protection.

McGary is susceptible to inside moves, so a switch of positions to offensive guard is possible.

I’m not very high on the next-level potential of Jake Browning.

He’s an athletic college quarterback who makes plays with his arm or legs and can make plays outside the pocket. His erratic accuracy and inability to place throws is a red flag for me.

The Huskies defense has four prospects that grade as first- or second-day choices.

Vita Vea is a player that gets wide-ranging opinions on his game. At one point in January we quoted insiders who told us Vea would have been the first Huskies player selected in the 2017 draft had he entered the event. There are also some scouts who feel he’s only worth a third-round pick.

On film Vea is athletic, explosive and disruptive. He beats defenders off the snap, fires through the gaps of the offensive line and easily pursues outside the box to make plays in space. He’s a load to handle when he’s on his game. All too often on film I saw Vea giving up on plays, not playing with a mean streak and lacking a physical nature. 

The upside is incredible if Vea decides to apply himself.

Both of Washington's senior linebackers are potential starters at the next level.

Keishawn Bierria is smart, tough and athletic and plays with good instincts. He covers a lot of area on the field, shows a good change of direction and plays fast, fearless football. Bierria is very good in coverage and projects well as a three-down linebacker.

Much the same can be said about Azeem Victor, who’s slightly taller than his teammate and has better growth potential. Victor is also better making plays up field on the blitz but will move towards the draft process with medical questions after sustaining a fracture in his leg last November.

Both linebackers are second-round prospects who could move into the draft’s initial 32 choices with big seasons.

Washington

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

4.03

1st

Vita Vea

DT

50

4Jr

4.00

1-2

Trey Adams

T

72

3Jr

3.94

2nd

Keishawn Bierria

ILB

7

5Sr

3.93

2nd

Kaleb McGary

T

58

4Jr

3.80M

2nd

Azeem Victor

ILB

36

5Sr

3.65

3rd

JoJo McIntosh

S

14

4Jr

3.53

4th

Dante Pettis

WR

8

4Sr

3.46

5th

Jake Browning

QB

3

3Jr

3.39

5-6

Greg Gaines

DT

99

4Jr

3.34

6th

Jaylen Johnson

DE

92

4Jr

3.28

7th

Lavon Coleman

RB

22

5Sr

3.22

FA

Myles Gaskin

RB

9

3Jr

3.14

FA

Chico McClatcher

WR

6

3Jr

3.03

FA

Coleman Shelton

C

79

5Sr

3.00

FA

Drew Sample

TE

88

4Jr

2.88

FA

Will Dissly

TE

98

4Sr

2.86

FA

Andrew Kirkland

G

73

4Sr