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12-2, 1st in Pac 12 - North
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7dMel Kiper Jr.

Way-too-early 2018 rankings: Huskies galore

Washington had five players drafted into the NFL last month, but plenty of talent remains. Five Huskies are in Mel Kiper's positional rankings, including a senior wideout and two underclassmen.

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17dMel Kiper Jr.

Top undrafted free agents to watch

Speed rusher Joe Mathis was productive in 2016 with Washington before injury cut his campaign short. He could be a solid contributor in Houston.

ESPN Staff  

For Huskies fans worried about losing WR John Ross, those concerns can be put to rest. Looks like WR Dante Pettis is clearly capable of skying for some one-handed, Odell Beckham Jr.-like catches next season as a senior. (Photo Courtesy: dmainy8/Instagram)

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26dKyle Bonagura

Post-spring 2017 Pac-12 power rankings

Now that every school is finished with spring practice, here's an updated look at how the Pac-12 power rankings will look in 2017.

Elijah Qualls draft highlights (0:50)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals filled specific needs during the second and third rounds, drafting safety Budda Baker in the second out of Washington and wide receiver Chad Williams in the third out of Grambling State.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Budda Baker, the Cardinals' second-round pick, said he was planning on meeting with Washington Huskies defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake on Friday afternoon to start watching film on Arizona's defense. When Baker was informed that the Cardinals have played, at times, up to three or four safeties at once, Baker got excited. "Hmm, OK," he said. "That's a great thing for me."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Sidney Jones, just drafted by the Eagles, told me recently that he would be back on the field in six months. Jones suffered an Achilles injury during his pro day workout, but he has first round talent. Press-man ability, ball skills and he is going to challenge wide receivers. Super competitive defensive back.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

The Eagles select Washington cornerback Sidney Jones with their second-round pick. Jones was under consideration at 14 before rupturing his Achilles at his pro day. This is a gamble, but if Jones makes a full recovery he could be an absolute steal.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Sidney Jones for the Eagles is another first-round value in the second round. Should recover fully from Achilles injury and could be a long-term answer in the secondary. Fans may have to wait until 2018 to see him play, though. Philly fans good with that?


Budda Baker has a knack for being around the ball

The Washington safety and Cardinals' second-round pick may not have elite size, but according to Mel Kiper Jr., his instincts and versatility will make him one of the top first-year players in the NFL.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

By drafting safety Budda Baker out of Washington, the Cardinals get another defensive back who's similar to Tyrann Mathieu – who was one of Baker's comparables. Baker measured in at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds at the NFL scouting combine. He had three sacks two interceptions, 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss last season. He gives Arizona depth at safety, a position that lost two starters last year (Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger) to free agency.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Budda Baker gives the Cardinals even more versatility in the secondary and defensive sub-packages. Baker has speed in the 4.4 range, he can cover down in the slot and blitz off the edge. Great value here for Arizona.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals selected safety Budda Baker out of Washington with the fourth pick of the second round (36th overall).

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

How deep was Washington's secondary this year? It had two first-team all-Pac-12 players (Budda Baker and Sidney Jones), plus Kevin King, who was the first pick on Day 2 of the NFL draft (No. 33 overall). King only received all-conference honorable mention honors.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Kevin King has great size for the position (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and he tested off the charts at the NFL combine. King posted a 4.43 40, 39.5" vertical jump and a 6.56 three-cone time. With press-man skills, King fills a major need in the Packers secondary. Grab a cornerback with length to challenge routes.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

With the John Ross pick, the Cincinnati Bengals are loaded up on playmakers and ready to attack the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary twice a year. Yet another reason for the Steelers to get more rangy defensive back help.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals get WR John Ross and his 4.22 speed. Ross can stretch the field and he has the lateral movement at the line to beat press-coverage. Think deep ball opportunities for the Bengals offense and the ability to create even more room for A.J. Green.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

There are wide-ranging opinions on WR John Ross in talking to people in the NFL. The biggest concerns were with durability (knee and shoulder issues), but he's the premier big-play weapon in this draft.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Two Washington Huskies are on the radar for the Steelers' 30th pick - corner Kevin King, safety Budda Baker. At 6-foot-3 with a 4.42 40, King has the size-speed hybrid qualities the Steelers defense coveted in past drafts with Ryan Shazier and Sean Davis. Baker is a tough player in the open field, which offsets his 5-9 frame.

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