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Husky Football Blog

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January 22, 2007 at 12:39 PM

Goldson, Douglas looking good

Former Huskies Dashon Goldson and Sean Douglas each improved their NFL stock while participating in the East-West Shrine game last week, according to
Rob Rang, a senior analyst at NFLDraftScout.com.
I reached Rang today where he is scouting the prospects at The Senior Bowl, which will be played this weekend. There are no UW players in that game, however, with Goldson and Douglas the last two Huskies to take part in a post-season all-star game.
Both played for the West Team that won the game, 21-3, though that’s pretty irrelevant.
What is important for the players is their performance during the game, and just as importantly, during practice.
Rang said both Huskies did well and said Goldson is emerging as a third-to-fifth round pick while Douglas is sure to get a legit shot to make a team, though punters rarely get drafted high and it’s possible Douglas will have to go the free agent route.
“They both helped themselves,” he said. “Goldson in particular. He’s a good player, though obviously he’s had some injury problems. They had him lined up strictly at cornerback. I’d like to see him as a safety because I think he’s a little bit big for a cornerback and I think smaller, quicker receivers will give him trouble. But he held up pretty well. He showed good hitting ability. He’s smooth and he’s able to turn his hips and run, and that’s the most important thing for a cornerback — you’ve got to be able to turn and run with guys. He’s one of those rare guys that’s as big as he is and still able to turn and move like that, and that’s what helped him out. He was one of the better pass defenders and corners there andd it was a pretty good class of cornerbacks.”
Rang said Goldson figures to be a 3-5-round pick depending on how well he runs and tests at the NFL Combine next month. “He shows a lot of upside,” Rang said.
As for Douglas, Rang said that he consistently displayed “a monster leg.”
In fact, Rang said consistency was Douglas’ strong suit throughout the week.
“A lot of these guys punt it 65 yards one time and 35 the next, but he was consistently hitting it about 50 yards, and very, very, very high, and that’s what’s going to help him if he gets drafted.”
Unfortunately, Rang said it’s a good year for punters and a lot of competition for spots, and Douglas may have to be a free agent. “But he’ll definitely have a chance to make a team,” Rang said.
As for other Huskies, Rang said the only one who figures to get drafted is Isaiah Stanback, who is recovering quickly enough that he will likely participate in the Combine.
Rang said he thought earlier that teams were only interested in Stanback as an athlete and not as a quarterback.
But he said he heard during conversations with NFL scouts last week that a number of NFL teams do want Stanback as a QB.
“He has been invited to the Combine as a QB and he will get drafted, probably on day two, in the fourth or fifth round,” Rang said.
As for other Huskies, Rang said he likes safety C.J. Wallace a lot, but Wallace will not go to the Combine while recovering from recent knee surgery. “I think he’s a good player and he’s a better tackler than Goldson, but he doesn’t have the measureables (size, speed) that Goldson has.”
Rang said he thinks RB Kenny James will get a look as a free agent, though Rang said that if it were up to him, James might get drafted. “I saw some flashes with him that made me wonder what he could do if he had a little bit more of a chance, a little better line,” Rang said. “But I know I’m in the minority on that. I don’t think he’ll get drafted.”
Players such as OL Stanley Daniels and LB Scott White are each hoping for looks and Rang said both will have to go the free agent route.
Daniels “has the size, but I don’t see the upside with him,” Rang said.
As for White, “he’s a good college player, but he doesn’t have the physical upside (to get drafted).”

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