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Adolphus Washington | Defensive End

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 288

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Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington "has good range against the run, and is disruptive at the point of attack," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.
The analyst ranked Washington as the ninth-best prospect he saw at the Senior Bowl. "Washington weighed in a 6-foot-3, 297 pounds, and he showed good first-step quickness off the ball for his size," McShay wrote. Washington pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a few weeks ago and will continue to have to answer for that as we move through the process. Feb 1 - 1:28 PM

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Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting for prostitution.

According to his attorney, the charge will be dismissed in the Franklin County Municipal Court if Washington completes an education program before his sentencing date of Feb. 16. "It's the standard plea offer for anyone in his situation," Phil Templeton said. "He isn't getting any special treatment." Police say Washington responded to an online ad for an escort -- placed by the police themselves -- and agreed to pay an undercover officer $100 for sex. He was arrested on Dec. 9. Prior to the legal trouble, Washington was considered a borderline first-rounder. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Washington would "need to reassure NFL personnel of his commitment in the months prior to the draft." Washington was suspended for the Fiesta Bowl versus Notre Dame.
Jan 19 - 3:51 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington "has a chance to remain in the first round because he's strong enough to hold up to double-teams and quick enough to split gaps."

Rang moved Washington down from No. 28 to No. 32 on his big board, as the Ohio State prospect was cited for solicitation on Dec. 10th, forcing him to miss the Fiesta Bowl versus Notre Dame, due to his suspension. Rang notes that Washington will "need to reassure NFL personnel of his commitment in the months prior to the draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 02:58:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington "is position and scheme diverse," ranking him No. 28 on his big board.

On the season, Washington has recorded 49 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, including a pick 6 on his 2015 resume. The Ohio State prospect shows some plug-and-play ability at the next level, and will get an opportunity to improve his stock, as he will be attending the Senior Bowl. While Rang is high on Washington, we still expect him to earn a mid-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington has been suspended for the school's bowl game against Notre Dame.

This is after Washington was cited for solicitation and it ends the defensive lineman's college career. Washington is still headed to the Senior Bowl and has a good amount of impressive tape for evaluators to go over. Unless other information is attached to Washington, we still expect him to earn a mid-round selection.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:53:00 AM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation on Wednesday.

"Disciplinary action will be handled internally," OSU sports information director Jerry Emig said. Washington, who has a Dec. 17 court date for the misdemeanor citation, apologized for his "lack of judgement" on social media. He will have some tough questions to answer at the Senior Bowl.
Source: ABC6 News
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 08:01:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Overshadowed over the past few years by Joey Bosa, Washington is no slouch himself as an NFL prospect. The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder gets off the ball very quickly, can move fluidly in any direction and is a willing crasher of gaps. He also doesn't make mistakes and is a sound run defender. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in the fall that Washington will be compared to former Buckeye Cameron Heyward, drafted No. 31 in 2011.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:44:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington "has been almost as valuable against the pass and the run" as teammate Joey Bosa," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes.

"Washington has the first-step quickness and lateral agility to penetrate gaps, staying balanced with aggressive hands to work through contact. He plays assignment-sound and uses angles to plug run lanes," Brugler wrote. The Ohio State prospect finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack, versus Northern Illinois. Brugler notes that Washington "will draw comparisons" to former Buckeye Cameron Heyward," who was drafted 31st overall in 2011.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington produced a +5.4 grade in the school's 42-24 win over Virginia Tech, according to Pro Football Focus.

This is including three missed tackles early on in the contest. Ohio State was without their top defensive lineman in Joey Bosa, but Washington and defensive end Jalyn Holmes certainly compensated for the absence. Ohio State faces Hawaii next.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington "has a tall, moldable frame and is a limber big man who can easily throw his weight around," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He needs to do a better job looking through blockers to find the ball, but all the tools are there for him to have a career season as a senior," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 48 tackles last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington is moving back to the 3-technique to replace the departed Michael Bennett.

Washington played a good amount on the edge last year and his play style should fit a move closer to the center. The 3-technique is also called the B gap, between the guard and tackle, and highlights an upfield, explosive disruptor. Bennett dealt with injuries throughout his career but was successful when on the field. We expect the same for Washington.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 12:31:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper noted that he was "a little bit surprised" that Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington returned to school.

Washington could have gone on Day 2 if he'd entered the draft early, but presumably he's hoping to jump into Rd. 1 while picking up another championship ring first. "He can be tough to move on the inside even though his frame doesn't make you think 'clogger'," Kiper wrote. "He got into the backfield plenty last year, notching 10.5 TFL. A converted defensive end, I expect him to take another step forward as he balances the need to keep linebackers clean and making plays of his own." The draft expert grades the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Washington as the best senior defensive tackle prospect in the country.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 09:47:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus 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," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has above average snap quickness and burst off the ball to penetrate gaps and disrupt the offensive backfield, although he needs to refine his break down skills in short areas to better collect himself and finish," Brugler wrote. "Washington needs to do a better job looking through blockers to better track the ball without surrendering the point of attack, but all the tools are there for him to have a career season as a senior, which could possibly lead to a Senior Bowl invite and early round draft pick." The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 48 tackles last year. Brugler adds that he "enters his senior year with top-50 draft aspirations next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington is moving to the three-technique this fall and Sports on Earth's Matt Brown argues that it's the perfect fit.

"A five-star defensive end out of high school listed at 230 pounds, Washington -- now 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds -- transitioned to tackle as a sophomore, becoming a full-time starter last year as a junior," Brown wrote. "Amazingly, he was one of the few eligible underclassmen on the Buckeyes who had to make an NFL decision, and he decided to return for his senior season." The scribe ranks Washington as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country. "Last year, he played primarily on the nose ... but this year, with Michael Bennett gone, he'll move to the three-technique, which should be a more natural fit," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, who runs a 4.88 forty, recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 48 tackles last year.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 08:22:00 PM

Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington "is a little more linear than we are used to seeing from interior players, but he has room on his frame for more girth," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Despite his lack of heft, Washington still brings some gap power and anchor to the table," Zierlein wrote. "His 15 pressures and 4.5 sacks came thanks in large part to his ability to use shoulder turns to make himself 'skinny' and slide into creases to pressure the pocket." The analyst ranks Washington as the No. 10 interior defensive linemen in the nation. "His pad level rises a little high at times, which is why he struggles to recover against redirect blocks, but Washington's overall game and production warrants a spot in the top 10," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 04:17:00 PM