For the first time, the Huskies could have three players drafted in the first round. Danny Shelton and Marcus Peters look like first-round locks and many have Shaq Thompson pegged as a potential late first-rounder.
The stars came out, all right.
Shaq Thompson wore a Superman tank top. Hau’oli Kikaha wore gold cleats. Danny Shelton wore his signature lava-lava Polynesian garb around his waist and, later, a childish grin on his face while recalling his encounter with two other Seattle stars on hand for the Huskies’ Pro Day workout Thursday.
Shelton, UW’s 338-pound All-American and future multi-millionaire, was thrilled to get an acknowledgment — in the form of a head nod — from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and a handshake from Seahawks general manager John Schneider. Star-struck, Shelton got a “good luck” from Schneider.
On the move
4.52 seconds Kasen Williams’ hand-timed 40-yard dash. Williams said he was pleased with that.
34.5 inches Vertical mark by Hau’oli Kikaha.
3 Huskies (Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson) who could potentially be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.
“Just take it easy on us when we play,” the GM told him.
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The Seahawks’ first pick in the April 30-May 2 NFL draft isn’t until the second round (No. 63 overall) and, as Schneider told Shelton, there’s no chance the mammoth nose tackle will still be around by then.
For the first time, the Huskies could have three players drafted in the first round. Shelton and cornerback Marcus Peters look like first-round locks — some draft analysts have Shelton going as high as No. 7 overall — and many have Thompson, a linebacker, pegged as a potential late first-rounder.
“It’s all just waiting right now,” said Shelton, the former Auburn High School star who remains enrolled in classes at UW. “It’s crazy to think about where I came from and where I’m going to be, and honestly I’m just taking everything in and trying to be patient at the same time.”
The headliners — Shelton, Thompson, Peters and Kikaha — had already gone through the rigors of testing and team interviews during February’s NFL combine in Indianapolis. Thursday’s workout at UW provided them a chance to cement their status as top prospects. Mostly, they are eager and anxious for the draft to finally arrive.
“This process is crazy (and) tiring, I’m not going to lie to you,” Thompson said. “It’s just a lot of stress put on you. … I just can’t wait for it to be over and have a home team.”
Some 50 NFL scouts and personnel from about two dozen teams littered the field inside the Dempsey indoor facility, believed to be the biggest turnout for a UW Pro Day workout. UW coach Chris Petersen and most of UW’s current players watched their 20 former teammates run through a variety of exercises for about three hours.
Kikaha was the only one of the headliners to run the 40-yard dash — his time was reportedly in the 4.8- to 4.9-second range — and he did so in the sort of cleats Usain Bolt would’ve admired. “They were free,” Kikaha said, laughing.
Shelton, Peters and Thompson each spent about 15 minutes running through position-specific drills, and Peters’ workout was “spectacular,” said Rob Rang, a draft analyst for CBSsports.com.
“It’s just so easy for him,” Rang said.
Peters was invited back to campus about five months after getting dismissed from the team for repeated spats with UW coaches. Peters has enough impressive physical qualities — a long 6-foot frame and precise footwork — that some NFL teams will overlook the character questions that have dogged him. He could be a top-20 pick.
“Everything I went through I was meant to go through,” Peters said.
The added attention on the stars also meant extra eyes were on hand to watch some of UW’s under-the-radar prospects.
Receiver Kasen Williams was pleased enough with his 4.52-second performance in the 40-yard dash that he believes he “turned some heads” Thursday. Williams also caught a couple dozen passes from former UW quarterback Keith Price, back for his second pro-day workout while hoping for a second chance with an NFL team.
Linebacker John Timu and defensive end Andrew Hudson seemed to help their stock with their workouts, too.
“It’s definitely a statement that UW, as a program, is coming up,” Shelton said. “We’re definitely working with something here. We definitely have the talent.”
• Shelton said he has a trip to Cleveland scheduled next week to meet with the Browns, who hold two first-round picks (No. 12 and No. 19). Shelton also plans to bring his family to Chicago to attend the first round of the draft on April 30.
• The other former Huskies who worked out Thursday were James Atoe, Jesse Callier, DiAndre Campbell, Mike Criste, Travell Dixon, Mike Hartvigson, Micah Hatchie, Evan Hudson, Jon Kwon, Taz Stevenson, Everrette Thompson and Tre Watson.
Information in this article, originally published April 2, 2015, was corrected April 3, 2015. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Hau’oli Kikaha’s vertical leap. He jumped 34.5 inches..