Top Fits For University of Washington Draft Prospects
Byron Murphy– Murphy is CB1 in this draft, and he would be a welcome addition to any team. While the fifth overall pick might be high for him, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperate for help in the secondary, and Murphy would be an instant impact player at corner. The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to make a Super Bowl run, and after finishing with the second-worst pass defense in the NFL, they’re going to need a true number one corner like Murphy to help solidify the defense.
Taylor Rapp– The best safety in this draft class, Tampa Bay would be lucky if he fell to the top of the second round, and if he’s still there they should scoop him up after passing on Derwin James last year. Kansas City has a need at safety as well (they should do all they can to address the secondary in this draft) and the New England Patriots are starting to age at safety, and Rapp would be the perfect player to slide into that secondary.
Ben Burr-Kirven– The nation’s leading tackler, Burr-Kirven proved his athleticism at the combine this weekend and should find himself at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. New England could probably find a use for him, especially with the rumors that Dont’a Hightower could get cut. The Carolina Panthers are going to have a need at OLB soon since Thomas Davis is aging. The Cincinatti Bengals also need to get younger at linebacker, and the sure tackling BBK would slide right in there.
Drew Sample– Sample is a complete tight end, with great hands and a keen ability to block in both the run and the pass game. New England will be in the market for a do it all tight end, with the end of Rob Gronkowski’s career drawing near, and the release of Dwayne Allen. The Arizona Cardinals will need to surround Josh Rosen or potentially Kyler Murray with talented players, and Sample is the kind of player they need.
Greg Gaines– An excellent defensive tackle who is getting buried as the result of a stellar class, Gaines has the ability to succeed at the next level. The Atlanta Falcons might be in the market for one, depending on what happens with Grady Jarrett. Since Ndamukong Suh is probably going to walk, the Los Angeles Rams will probably need a replacement and Gaines is a perfect option to slide in.
Jake Browning– Browning needs time to develop, and has proven that he can run a complex scheme. I can think of two places with complex schemes and aging great quarterbacks that could use a stopgap player like Browning while they look for a true QB of the future, New England and the New Orleans Saints.
Jordan Miller– Miller is going to be a steal for whoever picks him up. All of the bottom dwellers in pass defense, whether it be Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, or Kansas City, they’re getting a high impact player in Miller who could start right away.
Kaleb McGary– McGary is probably going to be a Day Two pick, but for any team that needs offensive line help, he can be a starter from day one. The New York Giants could definitely use a right tackle, as could the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.
Myles Gaskin– Gaskin, Washington’s all-time leading rusher, will probably play best as a complementary back at the next level, and I see him fitting in very well in Atlanta if Tevin Coleman leaves. The Oakland Raiders could also use a running back, who knows how long Marshawn Lynch is going to stick around, and he would also be a great compliment to Kenyan Drake with the Miami Dolphins.