Scout Watch: TCU Under Review

The football universe is frantic about the start of the 2009 season and NFL organizations have already started planning for the 2010 NFL Draft.'s Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that 21 teams have attended practice at TCU.

Hughes is one of the most feared pass rushers in the nation.
TCU Football has confirmed that 21 teams have attended practice at TCU this week; those teams being the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers.

The 17th ranked Horned Frogs have two premiere defensive prospects that scouts are salivating over, outside linebacker Jerry Hughes and middle linebacker Daryl Washington.

Entering his second year as a starter, Washington looks to breakout.
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Hughes is the program's prized prospect and a legitimate first round selection next April. At 6-foot-2, 257 pounds, Hughes is a tweener who can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up; he's best suited to play OLB in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He has a quick first step and is tough to control off the edge. He plays with great leverage and suddenness, and changes direction fluidly while in pursuit. He possesses a solid repertoire of moves and is able to get off blocks consistently with his high motor and tenacity on the field. He gets good depth on his drops and is able to cover a large area because of his athleticism. Hughes recorded 52 tackles, 19.5 for a loss, 15 sacks and two interceptions during the 2008 season.

At 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, Washington is one of the elite inside linebackers in the nation and has demonstrated great leadership qualities on defense. Entering his second year as a starter, Washington had 63 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three sacks and an interception last season. Washington plays with a mean streak and isn't afraid to get dirty. He diagnoses the action well and displays great lateral movement making plays sideline-to-sideline. He has a desired frame, but has to add more size. However, he's able to hold his own against bigger opponents, shed blocks and position himself to make tackles. He's disciplined in coverage and is always around the ball. An intelligent defender who's still learning the game, Washington gives maximum effort at all times.

Hughes is currently the 3rd rated outside linebacker (17th overall) and Washington is the 6th rated middle linebacker (87th overall) in's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

Also generating interest on defense is cornerback Rafael Priest. Priest is entering his fourth year as a starter and has been a reliable, consistent performer. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Priest is a quality cover corner that has great speed, but lacks the ball skills necessary to be a difference maker. Priest is currently the 32nd rated cornerback by

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