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Daryl Washington (LB)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    230 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    TCU
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Arizona Cardinals
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 15 (47)
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Pick Analysis: The Cardinals move up to draft one of the fastest linebackers in the draft. Daryl Washington will step in immediately as Karlos Dansby's replacement inside, and give the Cardinals' linebacker corps more speed and athleticism. The Cardinals needed to find a starting linebacker early in the draft, and Washington has the skills to be a key contributor as a rookie.

Overview

Washington had his most impressive season as a collegiate football player in his first year as a starter for TCU. Washington lead the Horned frogs with 109 tackles and was clearly the most disruptive defender on the No. 1 defense in 2009. Washington has good height and athleticism for the position but lacks bulk when projecting him at the next level. He has gained 20 pounds over the past year and has a frame to carry additional weight moving forward in the NFL. He is an instinctive player that leverages the ball well and understands angles and run fits in the TCU defensive scheme. Washington is a solid open field tackler and the added bulk has helped his physical presence as a linebacker. He has good range in pursuit and has good lateral quickness and agility to be an effective coverage defender. Washington is a good football player that has been an excellent special teams contributor. He has improved his draft status dramatically by having an outstanding senior season.


Strengths

Washington possesses good height to add necessary bulk for the inside linebacker position. He’s a tough, competitive player, with a relentless motor who plays with disregard for his body. Instinctive performer who quickly diagnoses screens and draws. Good open field tackler. Comfortable playing in zone coverage and has the feet to cover backs in man coverage.

Weaknesses

Needs added bulk and must improve his power at the point to hold up in the box against the run. Can be engulfed by bigger blockers that get into his body. Was only a one-year starter with less playing experience than most prospects. Despite good instincts, Washington takes initial false steps at times.

Grade

8.1

 

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