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Adolphus Washington, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 301 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 278'3"4.798.06

Player Overview

After a slow start to his career in Columbus, Washington steadily improved throughout last season and began to live up to the lofty expectations as a top recruit out of Cincinnati. Starting all but one game in 2014, he finished his junior season with 48 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He returned for his senior season and started 12 games (missed bowl game due to suspension), recording 49 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Washington has a tall, long, moldable frame and is a limber big man who can easily throw his weight around and make stops away from the line of scrimmage. Has above average snap quickness and burst off the ball to penetrate gaps and disrupt the offensive backfield.

Strong hands and long arms to tie up blockers and grip-and-rip without losing momentum. Not bothered by bodies in his path. Punishing striker as a tackler, using his weight to drive through his target. Flashes the ability to work down the line of scrimmage and sniff out screens.

WEAKNESSES: He needs to refine his breakdown skills in short areas to better collect himself and finish. Needs to do a better job looking through blockers to better track the ball without surrendering the point of attack.

Instincts and recognition skills are stuck in the development phase, flowing with the action and losing sight of the ball. Tends to think too much instead of allowing his reactive athleticism to dictate his play. Hand placement and mechanics are still a work-in-progress. Production tends to come in spurts and will disappear for stretches. Off-field decision-making needs vetted following a Dec. 2015 arrest for solicitation (suspended for his final college game).

IN OUR VIEW: Washington has excellent movement skills for a man his size with the well-rounded skill-set to fit several positions on the defensive line, but his football instincts and anticipation are still undeveloped. A naturally talented player who leaves you wanting more, he displays early-round traits, but needs a strong positional coach in the NFL to fully reach his potential.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

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12/11/2015 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has suspended defensive lineman Adolphus Washington from the Fiesta Bowl after he was cited by police this week for solicitation. Columbus police cited Washington Wednesday night with a first-degree misdemeanor. Washington issued an apology Thursday through the university to his team, family and friends. He says he's disappointed in himself and will learn from his mistake. Washington is a senior who has four sacks and 49 tackles in 12 games this season. Ohio State plays Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. - AP Sports


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