Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar and Chris Burke came away from the NFL combine with rave reviews for the Washington Huskies’ Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson and Marcus Peters.
Farrar rates Shelton the third-best prospect in the draft, sandwiching the run-stuffing defensive tackle between quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Farrar, like Burke, gave his No. 1 ranking to defensive tackle Leonard Williams from USC.
Burke tabs Thompson, a linebacker, at No. 14. Farrar has Thompson pegged 22nd. Burke and Farrar both list Peters, a cornerback, 17th.
The SI rankings are based solely on pro potential, not where players will be drafted. ESPN draft guru Todd McShay released his latest first-round predictions Thursday, and he has Shelton going seventh to Chicago and Peters headed to Baltimore as the 26th pick.
McShay does not have Thompson in the first round. McShay predicts Seattle will draft Georgia running back Todd Gurley 31st.
Winston will go No. 1 to Tampa Bay, McShay projects, with Tennessee taking Williams second and the New York Jets landing Mariota with the No. 6 pick.