Cornerback Byron Murphy is projected as a potential late first-round draft pick.
After four prolific years together in Washington backfield, Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin now have a formal opportunity to impress NFL scouts and executives.
Browning and Gaskin are among the nine former Huskies who have accepted invitations to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, scheduled Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis.
The others: linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, defensive tackle Greg Gaines, offensive lineman Kaleb McGary, cornerback Jordan Miller, cornerback Byron Murphy, safety Taylor Rapp and tight end Drew Sample.
Washington’s nine participants are the most of any program in the Pac-12, and tied for the second-most in program history. The Huskies sent 10 players to the 1998 combine (though Jerome Pathon and Tony Parrish did not participate that year, according to nflcombineresults.com). UW also sent nine players to the 1993 combine.
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Last year, the Huskies had seven players participate in the combine, and five of those players (Vita Vea, Dante Pettis, Will Dissly, Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria) were selected in the NFL draft.
Browning in 2015 became the first true-freshman quarterback in the modern history to start a season opener for the Huskies, and he would go on to break virtually every major passing record at UW.
Still, many analysts don’t forecast him as a future NFL QB — nfl.com didn’t bother to give him a prospect grade, noting Browning “likely needs time in developmental league.” That backdrop will make Browning’s appearance in Indianapolis all the more important, given it will be his best chance to answer lingering questions about his physical abilities.
Gaskin, the Huskies’ all-time rushing leader, received a grade of 5.43 on his nfl.com profile page.
Many project Murphy as a late first-round pick in April’s draft.
Reuter also has Rapp being selected in the second round (No. 55 overall, Houston).
Burr-Kirven, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, could be one of the more polarizing players at the combine. Though undersized for a middle linebacker at 6-feet and 219 pounds, Burr-Kirven led the nation in tackles in 2018 and ought to be one of the fastest linebackers at the combine.