Miami FL Junior
Has good size and strength to get push in the ground game. Does a nice job using his size to get position as a run blocker. Has decent footwork and quickness on the stretch play. Can hit his assignment son the second level, using his size to get position and will deliver a blow to the linebacker. Flashes a decent punch, and able to jolt defender off the edge when he uses it.
Has sloppy footwork and struggles to stay square against speed on the edge. Tends to slide his feet and plays with a poor base. Makes him susceptible to the bull rush off the edge and has a tendency to get driven backwards into the quarterback. Sets up in pass protection with his hands low and struggles to initiate contact on the edge. Will play a bit high when asked to fire off the ball in short-yardage limiting how much push he can get. Doesn't play with great pop off the snap and tends to take a false step as a run blocker. Struggles to lock on when he is able to get position, allowing defenders to get off blocks and make plays. Tends to push as a run blocker rather than knowing how to get his hands inside. Tends to lumber when he's pulling and blocking in space, and struggles to adjust there. Needs to learn how to use his hands better on the second level, rather than looking to deliver the hit.
Washington's size, strength, and athleticism means he has physical tools to work with, but he was badly miscast on the edge playing both tackle spots for Miami this past year. And the problem is that while his issues on the edge are forgivable given his limited experience, the fact that he was rarely an impact run blocker is not. That really is the key for him to get better. Moving back to guard should help cover some of his flaws with his footwork and technique in pass protection. He's a guy that has upside but is too raw at this point to think he's going to contribute much his first few years in the pros.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/5) at Maryland: 0.5 sacks, 1 pressure; Downfield: 1/1
(10/27) vs. Virginia: 1 sack, 2 pressures, 1 QB hit, 1 penalty (false start); Downfield: 1/1, Pull: 1/2; Cut: 1/1
2011: 12 GP/12 GS, 11 at LT, 1 at RT
2010: 13/13, right guard
2009: 5/2, left guard
Washington is very unpolished, and some team might be enamored with his physical tools, but they are going to have to be patient in developing him. He's a player that I think might struggle play at all his first two or three years in the league. He offers versatility because he played and started at four line positions. You like that because that means while he's developing you can plug him at multiple positions to see where he fits best. But I think guard is really his only viable position at the next level at least long-term. His footwork and technique are just too poor coupled with a guard's build and frame to think he can be a realistic option at right tackle. He might be able to serve there in a pinch for a team down the road, and maybe many years down the road he can become a poor man's Damien Woody. The player I would compare him to is Vlad Ducasse, another physical specimen but raw player that has languished on the bench in New York for two years and with that team ready to cut ties. And even if Washington does develop and become a competent starting guard, I don't see him being all that great. He's potentially a Justin Blalock/Derrick Dockery sort of starter, that is unspectacular but can get the job done. But both Dockery and Blalock were rookie starters in the league that grew into more consistent players. Washington probably needs at least two or three years before he's at their rookie level, and then an additional two or three years before you can expect the kinks to be polished out of his game. So in the end, he's a player that might be better for his second or third team than the one that drafts him. But the positive for Washington is that he can be cross-trained at more than one position, shouldn't be overwhelmed, and if he fails at one position, you potentially have three more to try him at before you cast him off. In that sense, he might wind up being a valuable utility player like Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack.
Floyd Womack, formerly Cardinals.
Washington has upside that can be developed long-term for the Falcons. But he's not going to be a guy that is going to contribute much early on. He could be worked onto the roster as the tenth man instead of a player like Garrett Reynolds. If the Falcons can subsequently live with Blalock and Manuwai as their starters for the next two or three years, then the Falcons could potentially turn to Washington as one of their successors. He's not really going to be an upgrade over them, but you hope by that point he can at least be a continuation. And if he is the Falcons fourth or fifth best blocker, then the O-line will be solid. But in terms of his long-term potential, he's more likely to be a career backup than a potential starter that can add depth and value because he can fill in multiple spots in a pinch.
Washington's raw upside makes him worth potentially a fourth round pick, but in truth because of the length of time it'll likely be before he can contributes, you could probably wait until the fifth or sixth round and get better value.
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Pass Blocking: 3.0
Run Blocking: 5.5
Mean Streak: 5.5
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