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Grade
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  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 9 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 45.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 135.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 197LBS. Weight

Overview

Washington elected to leave with another year of eligibility remaining, surprising scouts who felt he had an opportunity to prove himself in 2009. In reality, Washington has legitimate NFL talent and is hardly inexperienced -- starting 32 games for the Buckeyes. Despite opposing quarterbacks focusing on his side of the field rather than attack Michael Jenkins, Washington struggled to make game-changing plays throughout his career, intercepting only two passes. Washington is expected to get a late boost with his workouts, but scouts view him as a better athlete than football player and strictly a draft gamble based on his upside.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good height and build for the position. ... Legitimate NFL athlete. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Low backpedal and smooth transition to run with receivers. ... A bit choppy out of his breaks, but accelerates quickly. ... Closes on the ball quickly. ... Flashes the ability to pop the defender and is generally a reliable wrap-up tackler. ... Good vision. ... Reads the field well with the ball in his hands and has averaged 40.8 yards on his five turnover returns, including one 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. ... Straight-line speed and vision as a runner could translate well as a kick returner. Negatives: Enters the NFL as a better raw athlete than football player. ... Relies on his athleticism. ... Gives receivers a big cushion and seems content with making the tackle rather than going for the interception. ... Too often allows passes into his chest and lacks natural hands for the interception. ... Plays with bit of a cover corner mentality and doesn't get very involved in run support. ... Finished the 2008 season with only five assisted tackles. ... Suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season due to a violation of team rules.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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