Four Huskies are heading to Indianapolis this week for the NFL Combine, and Danny Shelton, Hau’oli Kikaha, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson are among the more intriguing prospects there, for various reasons.
All could wind up being early-round draft picks, with Shelton, Peters and Thompson potential first-round selections.
Mike Mayock, an NFL Network draft analyst, was asked about all four during a conference call Monday previewing the combine. Mayock believes Shelton will wind up as a top-10 pick.
“He reminds me of Haloti Ngata,” Mayock said. “I think everybody sees that comparison. Powerful. Better feet that you think. And you’ll be surprised at how many snaps he can play at a high level.”
On Kikaha, he said: “Kikaha had a couple ACLs early in his career. He’s played healthy the last two years. Great motor off the edge. Has some edge skills. Not as long as you would like. I’m anxious to see what he runs and how he looks. I think he could be a second- or third-round edge rusher.”
On Peters: “Peters is a top-20 player just off tape. Love him as a press corner. My only issue with Peters on the field is he gets sloppy off-coverage. He’s much better when his concentration is fully engaged in a press. I don’t think he’s as good off. Obviously, you have to qualify all of that with the off-the-field issues.”
And on Thompson: “Shaq Thompson is one of the most fun guys to watch on tape this year. I know GMs who are looking at him as a running back, linebacker and safety. Most teams as a linebacker. I’ve got him as a safety. I think he can be a Kam Chancellor-type on first down in your base, then drop down and play linebacker in your dime. And that’s really important in today’s world.”
Defensive linemen and linebackers (Shelton, Kikaha and Thompson) are scheduled to conduct their on-field workouts on Sunday. On-field workouts for defensive backs (Peters) are scheduled for next Monday.
NFL Network’s live coverage begins Friday with the offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers. Running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers are scheduled for Saturday.