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April 19, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Rang assesses UW draft prospects

Had a chance recently to speak with Rob Rang, the lead analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, to ask him about the prospects for former Huskies in next week’s NFL Draft.
His general consensus? Isaiah Stanback’s stock is going up a bit, Dashon Goldson’s is going down a little bit, and no other Husky is a good bet to get taken.
“I think Stanback’s got a chance to jump ahead of Goldson and be the first Husky taken,” Rang said. “What I’m hearing is that his medical things are coming back okay.”
Rang elaborated on that latter point to say that NFL teams aren’t quite as worried about any long-term problems with Stanback’s foot as they might have been before.
Rang says teams are continuing to look at Stanback as both a quarterback and a receiver.
“He could be a guy who could play that slash role,” Rang said. “He’s shown so much improvement as a passer that you don’t want to give up on that. He has an amazing arm and the size at the same time. And with as much athletic ability as he has, you don’t want to give up on him as a receiver, either. Being in both roles is where his true value lies.”
One team Rang said he’s heard is particularly enamored of Stanback is the Oakland Raiders, which may seem a little ironic given that team’s treatment of former Husky Marques Tuiasosopo the last few years.
“In my mind, he’s a fourth-round pick, but he’s got a chance to slide into the late third,” Rang said. “I think he’s a real value in the fourth round.”
Goldson, Rang said, is now “more in the fourth and fifth round” area.
“He’s raw and has a lot of talent, but he hasn’t run well enough, so there are some concerns about whether he can hold up in the NFL as a cornerback,” Rang said.
Some teams are also looking at Goldson as a safety, but Rang said this draft has an especially deep crop of safeties, which won’t help Goldson’s situation.
“I think he’s dropped a littlle bit, but he has the size and speed that will work in his favor,” Rang said.
Rang said “those are the only two (Huskies) that are sure-fire draft picks.”
He said safety C.J. Wallace and punter Sean Douglas each have a chance at getting drafted, but “they are more likely to go the free agent route.”
Wallace reportedly recently worked out for the Seahawks.

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