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Prospect Profile: Washington S Budda Baker

Posted Mar 13, 2017

Budda Baker 

Safety | Washington | Junior

Height: 5-foot-10 | Weight: 195 pounds

College Stats

2016: 14 games; led Huskies with 71 tackles (49 solo) and 10 tackles for loss; added 3.0 sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions; named All-America by the NCAA and multiple outlets and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bednarik Award; recorded four tackles and two pass breakups in the Pac-12 Championship; notched six tackles and a 16-yard sack against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl that doubled as a national semifinal game

Career: 40 games; 200 tackles (139 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 19 pass breakups, five interceptions; named All-Pac-12 in 2015 and 2016; named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2014 and named a co-winner of the team’s Most Outstanding Freshman award after starting every game at safety; missed just one start (2015) during career

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds (fourth-fastest among safeties)

Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump:  9 feet, 7 inches

Vertical jump: 32.5 inches

3-cone drill: 6.76 seconds (fourth-fastest among safeties)

20-yard shuttle: 4.08 seconds (fastest among safeties)

Profile

Summary: After dazzling as a safety, running back and return specialists for Bellevue teams that went 14-0 with 3A titles in three straight seasons, the Associated Press and Seattle Times Player of the Year for 2013 opted to stay close to home and helped Washington’s rise through the college football ranks. He also won the 100 and 200 meters at state as a high school senior and was a member of the championship 400-meter relay team. Baker showed his athleticism for the NFL, clocking impressive times in drills designed to measure straight-line speed, quickness and agility. Some wonder if Baker’s frame is too small for the next level. Lance Zierlein wrote Baker is an “undersized free safety with the heart of a linebacker.” 

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Baker as his fourth safety prospect before the combine. Counterpart Bucky Brooks, however, did not have Baker in his top five. Daniel Jeremiah listed Baker at No. 24 overall in a list of 50 top prospects. 

Body type: Baker’s birth name is Bishard, but his mother thought he looked a Buddha doll when he was young. He was asked about his size at the combine.

“For me, I can’t really get mad,” Baker said. “God made me this height and all I can say is watch the film. We always talk about how the film will set you free so no matter how tall you are, how big you are, if you watch the film everything will take care of itself.’’

Baker did admit to reporters he was 192 before weigh-in at the combine and downed two water bottles to tip the scales at 195.