A total of NFL nine teams are reported to be taking in the Washington-Utah interdivisional Pac-12 matchup. The teams signing in are the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, and Minnesota Vikings.
With Washington currently standing as the No. 4 team in the nation, the Huskies are a team NFL teams are closely eying right now. The past few years have seen a handful of Washington products drafted in the first-round including three in 2015.
This year looks to be much the same with marquee safety Budda Baker looking like a lock for the first-round in 2017. A physical defender with plenty of speed and athleticism to counter his small stature, he has been pivotal in the Huskies allowing just 14.6 points per game. Teams will also be keeping an eye peeled for linebacker Keishawn Bierria whose role will be heightened with Joe Mathis out with a foot injury. Bierria leads the team with 40 tackles and five fumble recoveries.
The offense has plenty of firepower as well with Myles Gaskin in the backfield. He has 727 yards and six touchdowns on 116 carries and has impressed Utah’s defensive coordinator enough to compare him to Barry Sanders.
While Utah’s defense hasn’t been as dominant as Washington’s unit, the Utes allow just 22 points per game with a steady dose of pressure in the trenches. They’re led by senior defensive end Hunter Dimick who leads the team with five sacks. Cornerback Brian Allen leads the team with four interceptions, making his presence known after previously playing as a receiver.