2019 NFL Draft: Evaluating 9 former Washington high school football stars who could be drafted

The 2019 NFL Draft starts on Thursday and up to nine former Washington high school stars are projected to be taken over the three-day, seven-round draft.

Longtime NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang offers a scouting report on each player and projects where they will be selected during this weekend’s draft.

Andre Dillard
(Photo by Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Offensive lineman, 6-5, 310, Woodinville High School
The skinny: He arguably is the best pass blocker in the draft. Rang certainly thinks no lineman has better feet than Dillard, who allowed just one sack in 677 passing attempts at Washington State. Not too shabby for a guy with very few scholarship offers coming out of high school. “He’s the perfect fit for a pass-happy offense,” Rang said.
Best NFL position: Left tackle
Rang’s draft prediction: Mid-to-late first round

Offensive lineman, 6-8, 324, Fife High School
The skinny: To think he was once a tight end. Now, McGary is one of the best run blockers in the draft. Even though he has shorter arms for a bigger guy, Rang said that has not been a hindrance in keeping defenders out of the backfield for Washington. “He is durable and more consistent (than Dillard),” Rang said. “I think he is the safer pick.”
Best NFL position: Right tackle
Rang’s draft prediction: Late first round to early second round

Defensive back, 6-0, 200, Bellingham (Sehome High School)
The skinny: OK, so by now, everybody is aware of Rapp’s slow 40-yard dash time (4.77 seconds) at his UW pro day. Should that really be a blow to the All-American’s draft stock? “Bradley McDougald ran almost the exact time, and (Rapp) is a similar player – instinctive and a sure tackler,” said Rang, who noted Rapp was the best open-field tackler available.
Best NFL position: Free/strong safety hybrid
Rang’s draft prediction: Late second round

Running back, 5-10, 193, Lynnwood (O’Dea High School)
The skinny: Simply put, Gaskin has been one of the most consistent tailbacks in the country the past four seasons. The UW’s all-time leading rusher (5,323 yards) was also a big weapon in the pass game. Rang said Gaskin reminds him of Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard. “While he doesn’t have the great long speed, the first 5-10 yards are really quick,” Rang said.
Best NFL position: Rotational tailback
Rang’s draft prediction: Late fourth round to early fifth round

Tight end, 6-5, 251, Bellevue (Newport High School)
The skinny: If you thought Will Dissly was a nice surprise from the UW’s tight end corps last year, Rang thinks that Sample is one of the true gems in this draft. “He is a more athletic version of (Dissly). He is faster, has soft hands and does everything well,” Rang said. Sample’s draft stock is likely suppressed by overall depth at the position.
Best NFL position: In-line tight end
Rang’s draft prediction: Late fourth round to early fifth round

Drew Lewis
Colorado LB Drew Lewis (Photo from Colorado Athletic Department)

Linebacker, 6-2, 225, Sammamish (Eastlake High School)
The skinny: If teams are in search of a third-day lottery ticket, Lewis fits the bill. He struggled in switching to outside linebacker at Colorado as a senior, and was not invited to the NFL Combine. But he showed well at the East-West Shrine Game in January, and his stock has been rising ever since. “He is a run-and-chase linebacker … with untapped potential,” Rang said.
Best NFL position: Weakside linebacker in 4-3 scheme
Rang’s draft prediction: Late sixth to early seventh round

Brett Rypien
Brett Rypien was a star at Shadle Park High School in Spokane. (File photo by Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Quarterback, 6-2, 202, Spokane (Shadle Park High School)
The skinny: Lack of a big arm limits his ceiling, but Rypien – the Mountain West’s all-time leading passer (13,581 yards) from Boise State – could easily stick on an NFL roster. “He is smart and accurate … and has the intelligence to articulate what needs to be said to a starter,” Rang said.
Best NFL position: Backup quarterback
Rang’s draft prediction: Seventh round to undrafted free agent

(Photo by Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Linebacker, 6-0, 230, Sammamish (Skyline High School)
The skinny: He is more grit than gifted, and his lack of straight-line speed likely pushes him out of the draft. “He is a physical, smart player, and what I liked most about him from his (WSU) pro day is if you beat him on one play, he figures it out on the next play,” Rang said.
Best NFL position: Strongside linebacker in 4-3 scheme
Rang’s draft prediction: Undrafted free agent

(Photo from Central Washington Athletic Department)

Defensive lineman, 6-5, 270, Eatonville High School
The skinny: Few in the NFL circles had heard of the Central Washington product – until he earned a spot at the FBS All-American Game in January. Combine that with his off-the-charts testing numbers from a smaller national combine, and now he is at least on some teams’ radar.
Best NFL position: Rotational defensive end
Rang’s draft prediction: Undrafted free agent

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