Scouting the PAC 10: Washington

This is a team that could soon be looking for a new coach if Rick Neuheisel gets canned for his seemingly innocent gambling pool. It is also a program that consistently puts a lot of talent into the NFL Draft and they now could, once again, have a very early pick in the first round.

On a consistent basis there is probably no better receiver in the nation then Reggie Williams. A tall wide out with great size, he reminds us very much of Keyshawn Johnson the way he physically defeats defenders to make the difficult catch in the middle of the field, out to the sidelines or in the red zone. Williams is very reliable and plays a competitive brand of football, always working to keep the play in bounds and pick up positive yardage yet at the same time breaks it deep or runs away from defenders on occasion. If the underclassmen enters the draft and runs a respectable forty next March he will be a very high pick. Throwing to Williams is Cody Pickett, a competitive signal caller that makes plays with his arm or legs. Pickett displays patience in the pocket and is a competitive signal caller with a rough-n-tumble style. Best in the intermediate range passing game, Pickett lacks the big arm and more worrisome, has average accuracy at best. Rich Alexis is solid outside of tackle and a quick footed runner that makes opponents miss but does not always play to his size when running on the interior. Center Todd Bachert is a big thug on the pivot and solid blocker best in confined quarters while junior tackle Khalif Barnes offers good upside for the future but the immobile blocker is better inside at guard. Keep an eye on guard Nick Newton, a heady and powerful blocker that could surprise at the next level.

The defensive talent from the senior class is a little lean. Terry Johnson is much like the former Husky tackles; small yet explosive and fierce on the inside. Likewise Marquis Cooper has a strong side playing style at linebacker but weak-side size. A defender that loves physical contact, safety Greg Carothers will be moved to linebacker in '03 but lacks the top pass cover skills to get him even late round recognition. He should add depth at the next level and will flourish on special teams. Roc Alexander was nicked up as a junior and flashes cover skills but lacks the top playing speed. A pair of underclassmen to watch is junior corner Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Josh Miller.

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