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03/13/17 - Washington Pro day: Though few of the estimated 50 NFL scouts and coaches attending the University of Washington pro day expected him to compete in any of the measured drills, record-setting speedster John Ross was still the big name entering the program's pro day workout Saturday. The real star of the defensive back drills was Baker, whose elite quickness had scouts buzzing. The "biggest" knock on Baker is his lack of ideal size at a shade under 5-foot-10 and just 195 pounds, but there was no denying his fluidity Saturday. He also made several outstanding catches, catching up to passes that seemed out of his reach due to his rare straight-line speed (4.45 at the combine) for his position. Baker's quick feet, loose hips and acceleration could earn him late first-round consideration as teams feel that he can play both nickel cornerback and safety. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/17 - Four Washington football players – safety Budda Baker, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive lineman Elijah Qualls and wide receiver John Ross – have opted to forgo their senior seasons and enter their names in the 2017 NFL Draft. "These four players have been a big part of the progress this program has made during their time here," said UW head coach Chris Petersen. "We wish them all the success in the world as they pursue their professional goals." The Huskies completed a 12-2 season in the College Football Playoff semifinal last Saturday at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Baker, from Bellevue, Wash., was a consensus first-team All-America selection as a true junior in 2016. He led the Husky defense with 71 total tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. He also notched three sacks and two interceptions for a defense that led the Pac-12 in both scoring and total defense. Baker started all 41 games of his three-year career at the UW. - Washington Football
12/17/16 - 2016 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Budda Baker, Jr., Washington,...The Huskies' vaunted defense, which leads the Pac-12 in points allowed (17.8 ppg) and ranks 10th nationally, placed four players on the All-Pac-12 first team, two on the second team and three earned honorable mention. Junior defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones earned first team recognition for a second consecutive year. They are the first Husky defensive backs to earn first-team honors in back-to-back years since Nesby Glasgow in 1977 and 1978. - Washington Football
12/11/15 - 2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Budda Baker, So., Washington...Baker, a sophomore from Bellevue, Wash., led the conference's top defense from his free safety spot. The second-year starter finished the season with 42 tackles and a pair of interceptions. - Washington Football