The Wedge Scouting Report: Budda Baker, Safety

Wondering where I was lately?

I was checking out draft prospects of course!

Oh and one more thing…

I found religion!

wedge religion

No more planet destruction for me

No more killing of lifeforms

I’ve turned over a new life.

And now I love all things in the universe


See it all started when I met the wonderful Xxuanoahs of Moon 32

We found this mysterious obelisk together

And we worship it now!

Oh yeah…I also discovered a terrific prospect – Budda Baker


Budda Baker is an undersized safety from Washington

Yes undersized – the cat is out of the bag already.

At 5’9, 195 pounds Budda Baker does not have prototypical NFL size

But don’t be a foolish Earthling and judge Budda so harshly


Baker will tell you himself:

“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 now matter how tall you are, how big you are, if you watch the film everything will take care of itself”.

It’s Baker’s commitment to film study and his craft that has him ranked as a 2nd round prospect in the upcoming draft.



Baker is physical enough to take down ball carriers in the NFL.  He doesn’t shy away from contact.

All that film study helps him diagnose the play and take at the ball carriers feet from under him.

And occasionally he will lay a good hit not on the ball carrier.


But that is really not what makes special

What jumps out about Baker, besides some great instincts and football smarts, is how much field he covers.

Baker is rangy and accelerates quickly

At the combine, Baker showed good speed running a 4.45 40.

He also recorded a 6.76 3 cone drill and 4.08 20 yard shuttle showing off his athleticism and his high school track past.


Baker started for Washington since he was a Freshman

He proved himself to be very durable since then, starting 40 of 41 games since his Freshman year.

All those starts helped him accumulate five interceptions, 18 pass breakups, 199 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks during his career.  He led the Huskies in tackles in 2016.


Because of his size and his position, you see a lot of scouting comparisons to pro bowlers Bob Sanders and the Tyrone Mathieu

But I like to compare him to an explosive obelisk

…oh about that finding religion stuff…um…well I lied


The Obelisk was a bomb I placed on Moon 32…

hee hee

If I was to compare Budda Baker to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, I would compare him to the Exploding Sucker Oblisk of Mood 32


You can watch Baker’s highlights here!

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285 Responses to The Wedge Scouting Report: Budda Baker, Safety

  1. Randy says:

    Then he could be a tremendous value pick…even in, say, the 4th or 5th. Can he play STs?

  2. Randy says:

    Only you would call that “5 go-to guys”. I love it. Lol

  3. The Flying Pig says:


    while your were watching Barnett
    did you happen to watch Elijah Lee….any thoughts on him ?

  4. Mike E. says:

    Not that this means a lot, but Lamp is rated a little higher on than Zack Martin was. Lamp is rated at 6.2, Martin was a 5.97, but they were done by different people. Nolan Nawrocki did the ratings in ’14, Zierlein did them this year

  5. Tim Knight says:

    When is the last time this team had 5 skill players that can be on the field at the same time that are all “playmakers”?

    Tough crowd around here. Nobody is ever satisfied. LOL

  6. wyoming85 says:

    Andrew Groover‏ @APGroover 26m26 minutes ago
    LSU safety Jamal Adams runs a 4.38 40 at LSU pro day, per @MikeMayock Ran a 4.56 at Combine.

  7. wyoming85 says:

    RosterWatch‏ @RosterWatch 37m37 minutes ago
    Duke Riley, back to back 4.6’s #LSU Pro Day

  8. wyoming85 says:

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Well-regarded guard
      Well regarded guard
      Well regarded Guam

      Nope I couldn’t say it three times fast

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 13m13 minutes ago
    Before he became Broncos HC, Vance Joseph told me Dolphins D needed to get bigger, faster. Too many non-prototype bodies on D, incl. DEs.

    • stangerx says:

      I’d like my whole D made up for 300lb guys who can run a sub 4.5 forty with moves and ability to cover. Our Dbs ain’t small. Was he talking LB? And what DE? We kept two of them. Guessing Joseph was talking about something and Mando something else.

      • Tim Knight says:

        DEs are all on the smaller side, didn’t have enough guys like Hayes who can produce. We brought in Williams and Jones last year and they didn’t pan out. LB could use some bigger thumpers too, but guys who can also run and cover ground.

        We were also playing undersized DTs at times in Warmsley and Chris Jones.

      • stangerx says:

        Right with you on that Tim. Obviously the D needs an influx of youth and athletes. More than anything was laughing at bigger and faster…..what coach doesn’t want that? Problem is how to make it happen.

  10. Tim Knight says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 25m25 minutes ago
    Dolphins have eye on OU DT Charles Walker. Like him as a second day possibility. (No idea yet where their other eye is looking).

  11. steveccnv says:

    Another reason to draft Lamp, would be insurance in 2018, if James isn’t resigned.

  12. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, I’m gonna start calling you Critic Steve soon. LOL

  13. stangerx says:

    Ex-dolphin photo shot…..this one from Louis Delmas.

    “After Miami-Dade cops pulled over Madrigal for going 76 mph in a 40-mph zone, Delmas couldn’t help but run his mouth at officers — all while his buddy was busy failing a field sobriety test.”

    His buddy blew twice the legal limit while Delmas got arrested for resisting arrest. Seems Delmas is still in the area and a FA to boot though. He’s only 29 and wasn’t driving.

  14. Mike E. says:


    Lugo has elbow ligament damage, will need surgery. 😦

  15. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, that’s why guys like McDowell or Charlton make sense. They are big DL who can probably move around on the DL. Also need a stout DT at the least to add to the rotation. He doesn’t have to be a playmaker, but a guy who can hold his own inside.

    • stangerx says:

      Don’t know to explain other than would love to have both bigger and faster. And completely with you on getting a 3rd DT in there. Also understand the need for DE of the future, but my thought is it will be a Wake-type (the undersized edge guy). Or maybe they want to go away from speed rusher down the road.

  16. D says:

    Isaac Asiata is one of my favorite OG’s this year. He isnt really a hybrid player but the dude is pure nastiness on the field. He will make Incognito look like momma’s good little boy.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    James Walker‏Verified account @JamesWalkerNFL 11m11 minutes ago
    Source: The #Dolphins have agreed to terms w/QB David Fales. Fales was a former draft pick of the #Bears and spent 2015 w/MIA HC Adam Gase.

    • D says:

      I remember scouting him the year he came out of SJSU. He is kinda like Tanny in the fact he completes a high percentage of his throws, and is pretty safe with the ball.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Doesn’t have great size at 6-1 212 but might be a guy Gase likes how he works, can be a camp arm and showcase himself. Also competes with Doughty.

  18. D says:

    steveccnv says:
    April 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Another reason to draft Lamp, would be insurance in 2018, if James isn’t resigned.
    I wouldnt like Lamp at RT, he is more pure OG to me. Moton, who Randy was talking about yesterday, is more my guy if we are looking for a RT starter that could play OG in the interm. Pocic could handle RT but i didnt think he looked very good at LT last year when LSU kicked him out there due to their LT getting injured. Dorian Johnson as well, but again, RT, he doesnt have the feet for LT. Gerg Pyke of Georgia as a late round guy who might develop and has that versatility too.

  19. D says:

    Tim im all for OL with a mean streak, as long as they can reign it in, and keep it to the playing field. Hell id eat a penalty or two as well just to let them let that demon out from time to time.

  20. D says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Stanger, that’s why guys like McDowell or Charlton make sense. They are big DL who can probably move around on the DL. Also need a stout DT at the least to add to the rotation. He doesn’t have to be a playmaker, but a guy who can hold his own inside.
    Thats why i have been arguing for Charlton, to me its the writing on the wall, they are looking to add bigger guys, and this whole quick twitch speed rush specialist isn’t what they are placing highest on their priorities, sure they would take both rolled up in one, but if they can get to the QB, doesnt matter if its power moves or speed, they just have to be effective.

    McDowell is a guy i also have said is a possibility at 22, and a few other guys like Brantley, Allen (who suprisingly might have a chance of being there…dunno why), Wormley, Kpassagnon, Solomon Thomas, Demarcus Walker all kinda fill that larger DE with ability to slide in at DT for certain packages. Those are all day 1 or 2 guys, and you also have Keionta Davis who i like a good bit, as another bigger DE, who still rushes the passer really well.

    • D says:

      Ok so i wasnt saying all those guys were in play for 22 lol, just Allen, the rest of that read a little wrong i think, the rest of those guys in that first set were day 2 guys.

  21. D says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Doesn’t have great size at 6-1 212 but might be a guy Gase likes how he works, can be a camp arm and showcase himself. Also competes with Doughty.
    I really want Doughty to make it, i think he has a really good arm and overall has all the skills oyu need to have a starter in the NFL. Im not saying he supplants Tanny, just wanted to make that clear before the Tanny Hens got their feathers ruffled, im just saying he could be a guy we might develop and have a chance to trade to a QB needy team in the future, and in the meantime we would have a more capable backup to Tanny.

    Fales does though, have the type of ball control and “dont lose the game for us” ability that could get you through a rough spot with your starter out. I just dont see any sort of big play ability or starter potential.

  22. D says:

    When i just went back and watched Asiata on a few game films, i was seeing Tevi, their LT show some really goof footwork and nastiness too. I went back and looked at some of the scouting on him and looks like he was 2nd year starter on OL, and was a DT previously which probably explains some of the way he plays. His technique is not great, but he knocks the crap out of people and he moves really well. Definitely a late round or priority UDFA consideration, decent amount of development and that guy could be a really good RT and maybe even backup LT.

    • D says:

      I thought i remembered Bolles playing LT, and he did, but that was certainly Tevi starting there that game player number 52. Either way i doubt he is a LT at the next level unless he really improves his technique, but i could see him being a pretty good RT.

  23. The Flying Pig says:

    Mike E. says:
    April 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm (Edit)
    Lugo has elbow ligament damage, will need surgery.



    This post leads me to believe that you are under the impression that only Tim cares about elbow damage

    As an owner of more than one elbow, I think its important to state – that many on this blog are concerned about elbows

    I do not know if Tim takes greater care of his elbows but mine are important to me. So in the future when elbows are involved maybe you should express it to all of us.

    Also I think its weird to begin your sentences with the word “Lugo”. What does Lugo even mean?


    a pig with elbows


    • D says:

      Lugo is a shared relative of theirs, thats why he felt only Tim would be concerned with the state of their elbow. Lugo is Mike’s Uncle thrice removed, on his mothers side, and Tim’s great Aunt twice removed on his fathers side. Sex changes make family trees really wierd sometimes.

      Also if you guys didnt spot it was a cleverly disguised poke at the elderly nature of Mike E, go back and read it again and see if you too can see it!

    • D says:

      I do agree though, elbow lives matter! Especially if you have four of them and they bend backwards.

  24. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, we can add a bigger DE/DL early and more of an edge rusher later to develop as well. He doesn’t have to play right away.

    • D says:

      Yeah id rather have a combination of Charlton and Hendrickson/Lawson (whom i think is going to be drafted significantly lower than people expect)

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s a good year to add some young DL due to our DL room. A lot of experience and pedigree for these young bucks to learn from – how to work and be a pro, get some tricks of the trade etc.

        So maybe we go big DE/DL 1st and edge rusher 5th rd. I also see us adding a pure DT.

      • D says:

        I think though if you had a shot at Barnett, a combination of Barnett and Wise Jr. or Cox Jr. would be pretty good too.

        I also forgot to include Daeshon Hall as in that first list to pair with Charlton, that might be my favorite for us to pair together of any of them.

    • stangerx says:

      For sure we could Tim. Would not be surprised at all if we took two raw freak speed rushers in the 5th to develop. And I am right with you on DT in the first three. Just don’t see the great need for a big DE unless it is a BPA future thing.

      • D says:

        You also have some guys like Smoot and Phillips who are kinda tweeners but probably make really good speed rush prospects.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Let’s forget about order for now, I would not be surprised if we added a bigger DE, DT and more of a speed rush edge guy in this draft.

      • stangerx says:

        Once you take out where picked……I could not agree more. Add in G and a LB and you have my top five.

  25. Tim Knight says:

    5 positions we most likely address in this draft are DE, DT, LB, CB and OG.

  26. Tim Knight says:

    I really don’t get statements like this and I’ve heard it so many times.

    Omar Kelly‏Verified account @OmarKelly 28m28 minutes ago
    Omar Kelly Retweeted Fręnch Bäguette
    Don’t trade up for the sake of trading up. What do you want? Two players I want might slide. I’m patient & want more resources

    Don’t trade up for the sake of trading up? Why would that ever be the case? It will always be about who you want because you’re very high on the prospect and not all trade ups are Dion Jordan. LOL

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Tim you underestimate the value of picking at a higher place than #22
      if you pick at 20 for instance – Ross buys Tannebaum an ice cream cone
      #17 is good for a box of chocolate bars
      #12 gets Tannebaum a choo choo track set
      and #2 is Ross’ famous foot rub

      so its not just the player

  27. steveccnv says:

    Tim, don’t forget that McDowell can also play DE, so taking him at 22 might allow us to wait until the 5th to take a true DE.

  28. steveccnv says:

    Lol, that David Fales will compete with Dolphins’ Brandon Doughty in camp. For what the right to be on the practice squad?

  29. Rockphin says:


    a pig with elbows

    Holy crap who’s elbows were they before you got them? That is seriously disgusting Piggy! WTF!? What possessed you to want somebody else’s elbows!!!?

    We all know you didn’t grow them. Pigs don’t have elbows.

  30. D says:

    Tim, if you are bothered by what ya get for trading up to 2, you really dont want to know about trading up to number 1…..might make you never look at Ross the same.

  31. wyoming85 says:

  32. Randy says:

    Who in this draft is worth trading way up in the draft? Maybe Garret but that’s about it. I would not be a fan of that. Trying to get in the top 15….maybe…but it would have to be a good trade. This doesn’t seem like the sorta draft you move up in. It’s the kind you want multiple 2s and 3s, to me.

  33. The top 3 DE’s in this draft are:
    1. Garrett
    2. Barnett
    3. Smoot

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