James Washington

Oklahoma St.
WR

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma St.
Hometown
Class
Stamford, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
213 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.76
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 28
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.11
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.32
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.56
Seconds
 
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Coming from a smaller high school in Texas, Washington attended many football camps during the summer to be noticed. Oklahoma State's interest has paid off, as Washington has been an All-Conference performer (second team in 2015, first team in 2016) for the Cowboys. An all-around athlete who played tennis and won the triple jump and 100 meters in state track as a senior, he wasted no time getting on the field as a true freshman (five starts, 27 receptions, 456 yards, six touchdowns). Washington stepped it up in 2015, leading the FBS with four touchdowns of 70-plus yards and winning the team's Thurman Thomas Most Valuable Offensive Player award (53 receptions, 1,087 yards, 10 touchdowns). He and quarterback Mason Rudolph continued to terrorize defenses in 2016, connecting 71 times for 1,380 yards and nine touchdowns. Washington was a first-team All-Big 12 pick after ranking 11th in receiving yards and yards per reception (19.4), speeding past defenders and showing off excellent body control on the sideline to grab Rudolph's downfield throws. He terrorized defenses again as a senior, being named to multiple All-American teams, a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, and first-team All-Conference. Washington finished among the nation's leaders in receiving yards (1,549), averaging 20.9 yards on his 74 reception (tops nationally among wideouts with 50 or more receptions) and scored 13 times.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2nd
NFL Comparison
Corey Coleman
Overview
Washington is a top-heavy receiver with dangerous build-up speed who has a three year history of hitting chunk plays thanks to his speed and ball tracking. Washington is more gradual than sudden with check marks in the vertical categories but minuses in categories like route running and hands. Washington has the potential to compete as a WR2 for a team looking to stretch the field. His limitations and dependence upon his quarterback's deep ball accuracy makes the chasm between his ceiling and floor a little wider.
Strengths
  • Escapes press with good initial quickness
  • Vertical talent averaging just over 20 yards per catch over last three years
  • Awkward early steps into route develop into powerful, driving strides eight yards in
  • Surprises cornerbacks with build up speed and consistently gets by them
  • Accelerates from stems on post routes and creates open deep looks for quarterbacks
  • Tracks balls like a centerfielder racing for the warning track
  • Adjusts speed to match ball flight and keeps cornerbacks stacked
  • Able to go up and come down with the deep ball with the best of them
  • Deep speed creates cushion for comeback routes underneath
  • Flashes runaway speed after catch or will get physical to add critical yardage
  • Worked outside and from slot
Weaknesses
  • Rarely challenged by press coverage in Big 12
  • Exposure to the route tree is limited
  • Gives away comeback route with more deliberate vertical push in his route
  • High cut with body type like a running back
  • Top-heavy frame causes him to roll into breaks rather than sink sharply into them
  • Footwork inside routes feels clunky and lack of timing
  • Doesn't have skillset for fluid, complex routes
  • Lacks short area footwork and suddenness to win underneath against tight man coverage
  • Not a smooth, easy pass catcher and tends to fight some throws
  • Has issues finishing contested catches on first and second levels
Sources Tell Us

"He doesn't look a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays and you know exactly what he does for an offense." -- Big 12 assistant coach

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GRADE
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