Scouting the Pac-12 - Washington

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The coaching and recruiting magic of Chris Petersen is in full bloom at Washington. The program will compete for a playoff spot in the postseason, and the roster is loaded with NFL talent. 

We’ve graded 11 Huskies as draftable prospects, and we’ll speak about six of them -- three on offense and three on defense.

The player most recently in the news is left tackle Trey Adams, who’s graded by some scouts as the top senior prospect in the nation, while others believe he’s a third-round pick.

We are middle of the pack, as Adams grades as a first-round prospect on our board but more towards the bottom half of the round.

Adams is a massive left tackle who blocks with solid fundamentals and makes great use of angles and body positioning to protect the edge. He’s a mauler on running downs and drives defenders off the line to open up the lanes. 

Adams looked terrific in 2016 but has suffered significant setbacks since. 

He started off poorly a year ago and was exploited against Rutgers, then he suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks later. While there was a lot of anticipation about his pending return in 2018, a back injury that I reported kept him on the sidelines for most of August camp kept him out of the season opener and eventually required surgery to repair.

Despite all his football talent and next-level upside, Adams will be looked upon as a medical risk when he enters the draft.

From what I’m told the situation is similar for Kaleb McGary, who we grade as a second-round prospect. 

McGary is slightly smaller than Adams and does not have comparable lateral agility or blocking range, but he's a strong run blocker who plays with a nasty attitude. A medical condition (rather than an injury) is the concern surrounding McGary, according to those in scouting circles, and it’s something that could red-flag him.

Finally from the offense, I stamped Myles Gaskin as a third-round prospect despite most scouts believing he’s a last-day talent. Gaskin is a talented ball carrier with the ability to create his own yardage and improvise when plays break down. He possesses outstanding quickness and the ability to pick his way on the inside or turn the corner.

Many categorize Gaskin as a third-down or situational back, but I believe he could be a Sunday starter in the right system.

Three players in the Huskies secondary stand out on our board, starting with Taylor Rapp.

The junior is a physically imposing safety who forces the action up the field and makes his presence felt. Rapp is fluid moving around the field and shows decent range defending the run.

He needs work on his ball skills, and I view Rapp as more of a conventional strong safety who can't play in a system which requires him to roam center field.

JoJo McIntosh is another safety with excellent size who stands out defending the run. The senior is opportunistic and does a solid job with his coverage assignments between the numbers. I think McIntosh could be effective as a strong safety or in a two-deep zone.

Despite playing just half the season in 2017, I am very high on cornerback Jordan Miller.

Miller has terrific length (over six feet tall) and shows outstanding awareness as well as next-level ball skills. He’s physical and will beat down opponents to defend the pass as regularly as he breaks up throws with solid technique.

Miller will have to pass medical exams, but from what I see on the field, he has next-level starting potential.

NFL Prospects from Washington

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Yr

#

4.00M

1st

Trey Adams

T

4Sr

72

3.85

2nd

Kaleb McGary

T

5Sr

58

3.80

2nd

Taylor Rapp

S

3Jr

21

3.65

3rd

JoJo Mcintosh

S

5Sr

14

3.64

3rd

Jordan Miller

CB

4Sr

23

3.63

3rd

Myles Gaskin

RB

4Sr

9

3.62

3rd

Jacob Eason

QB

3Jr

10

3.43

5th

Greg Gaines

DT

5Sr

99

3.35

6th

Drew Sample

TE

5Sr

88

3.35

6th

Myles Bryant

S

3Jr

5

3.28

7th

Austin Joyner

CB

4Jr

4

3.20

FA

Jake Browning

QB

4Sr

3

3.20

FA

Jusstis Warren

FB

4Jr

45

3.14

FA

Chico McClatcher

WR

4Jr

6

3.04

FA

Ben Burr-Kirven

ILB

4Sr

25

2.88

FA

Tevis Bartlett

ILB

4Sr

17

2.81

FA

Jaylen Johnson

DE

5Sr

92

2.80

FA

Nick Harris

G

3Jr

56

2.75

FA

Benning Potoa'e

DE

4Jr

8