One of many Ohio State Buckeyes in this year’s draft class, Adolphus Washington is arguably the biggest underachiever of the group. Washington saw steady production during his three years as a starter, but he never blew up like expected. Whoever drafts Washington will be hoping he’s one of those players that progresses late and finally flashes their potential in their first few seasons in the NFL. The upside is there, but is the work ethic? He’ll need to go to a team with a good defensive line coach who can put him on the right track.
Name: Adolphus Washington
College: Ohio State
Projection: 3rd Round
Comparison: Cornelius Griffin
Strengths: Proportioned body and long arms and a bubble. Very fluid body movement with little stiffness. Plays with quick feet and some explosiveness after the snap. Can hold his block, shed and make plays in the run game close to the line of scrimmage. Flashes the ability to hold double teams and make athletic plays on the quarterback.
Weaknesses: On the thin side from knee to ankle. Too often marched back from playing high and lacking sand in his pants. Spends too much time in the grass and too easily gets thrown off balance. Lacks an explosive punch to jolt lineman. Lacks awareness and looks lost on some plays and development on the field has been slow. Has a very passive field demeanor. Effort and hustle severely lacking on plays away from the line of scrimmage. Arrested for soliciting a prostitute and was suspended.
Overview: Adolphus Washington was a big recruit who played well but never lived up to his potential in college. He has the athletic ability and potential to be a fine talent at the NFL level. However, I see a classic underachiever who’s on field play and development in college raises flags about his commitment to the game and willingness to be great.