Jerome Washington

Rutgers

Prospect Info

College
Rutgers
Hometown
Class
Elizabeth, NJ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
241 lbs
33 1/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

4.86
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Washington is a New Jersey native, though he attended Stony Brook High School in New York his senior year. He enrolled at Mercer Community College at first, playing football at the Gattica Football Club. Miami coaches found his hidden talent, signing him for the 2015 season, where he played in nine games on special teams and made one catch for 13 yards. Washington wanted to come home for the 2016 season, however, so he sat out that year after transferring to Rutgers. He excelled with the Knights, starting 11 of 12 games and catching 28 passes for 282 yards (10.1 average) and a touchdown. Washington only played in seven games (four starts) in 2018, because of an injury. He managed 11 catches for 202 yards (18.4) on the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Washington is an H-back with decent speed to attack on the second level and the ball skills to bring throws in. Teams could view him as an athletic project who might be able to develop into a pass-catching tight end, but a lack of production and even marginal blocking ability could make him a longshot to make a roster.
Strengths
  • Adequate play speed and athletic ability to offer help as intermediate target
  • Adjusts body to off-target throws and secures the catch
  • Drops to scoop low throws
  • Hands are quick and soft
  • Shows elevated focus when targeted in traffic
  • Quick acceleration to stack YAC yards on top of short catches
Weaknesses
  • Long college journey yielded limited college action and production
  • Missed a chunk of 2018 due to injury
  • Has just one career touchdown catch
  • Routes are flat and predictable
  • Drifts out of turns, opening shortcuts to passing lane for defenders
  • Dreadful as a blocker
  • Waist-bender suffering early defeats to active opponents at point of attack
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