Photo of Adolphus Washington
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 3
  • Pick 17
  • Overall 80

Combine Results

5.6 ?
  • 5.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.06 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.79 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He has a sophisticated array of moves. From a quickness perspective, there are not a lot of guys who can block him." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 301LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Washington showed himself ready to play for his senior season by racking up four sacks in Ohio State's spring game. Following up an honorable mention All-Big Ten junior season (10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks), played even better in 2015. He earned second-team All-Conference honors from league coaches and media, as well as first-team All-American by the Sporting News (49 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks). Unfortunately, his judgment and maturity may be questioned by scouts after he was suspended for Ohio State's bowl game for soliciting a vice squad officer in early December.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds



Agile and athletic. Can get off snap quickly and has length to fluster interior blockers if coached up. Active interior pass rusher who uses head fakes and foot quickness to open doors to a guard’s edge. Able to string together pass rush moves and counters. At his best on the move. Can be tough to reach and secure for offensive linemen thanks to lateral quicks. When rush has stalled, will gather himself and look to get his hands in the passing lane. Plus change of direction talent and can hound a runner who tries to bounce it outside. Adequate power at the point of attack and has experience as both a one and two gap defender. Productive tackler with extended tackle radius to get in on the action. Will win if consistently single blocked.


Thin from his knees down. Pad level stays high. Looks top-heavy in his play. Upright movements limit effectiveness in twists. Doesn’t own his spot in the grass consistently enough thanks to leverage issues. Needs added strength in lower half and to play with wider base to improve balance. Play was ragged and fatigued against Michigan State in the fourth quarter when his team needed him most. Not even a participation ribbon as a bull ­rusher. Needs to play square to the line of scrimmage and utilize his punch. Was much bigger factor in offensive backfield in 2014 than he was this year. Inconsistent motor. Arrested for solicitation in a prostitution sting in December and was suspended from the Fiesta Bowl.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Wallace Gilberry

Bottom Line

Washington has the size and athleticism that should get him taken within the first two days of the draft, but his issues with contact balance might be something that always hinders his ability to reach his true potential. Washington can become an effective interior pass rusher if he can force himself to play with better knee bend, but he must play with more consistent urgency or could turn into just another guy in the rotation rather than a full-­time starter.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster