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Adolphus Washington | Defensive End

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 301

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Bills selected Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Washington (6'3/301) made 31 college starts, recording 25 career tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was voted second-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Washington tested like a plodding offensive guard at the Combine, running 5.17 with an 8-foot-3 broad jump. Although Washington has plus length (34 1/2-inch arms) and was a solid college player, he lacks both the power of a nose tackle and the pass-rush ability of a three technique. He's a bit of a 'tweener as it pertains to the NFL. Apr 29 - 10:30 PM

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Pro Football Focus analyst Wes Huber noted that Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington "holds a level of scheme-dependency."

Yes, a level of scheme-dependency might be present with Washington, but that doesn't scare Huber off. Wrote the analyst, "Washington holds a level of scheme-dependency, but his ability to get to the quarterback and in defending the A- and B-gaps will provide value to his future team." By PFF's metrics, the 6-foot-3, 301-pounder graded out as the fifth and 18th-best interior defender in the FBS these past two seasons. The outlet had previously floated the opinion that the Dolphins, Texans or Patriots -- all whom use 3-4 defenses -- would serve as the best fits for Washington.
Apr 3 - 4:05 PM

The game of Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington would best suit schemes run by the Dolphins, Texans and Patriots, according to Pro Football Focus.

In other words, ship this toolsy and versatile linemen to a 3-4 scheme and let them figure out how to utilize him. At Ohio State, Washington mostly lined up inside. Michael Bennett's presence in 2014 relegated Washington to a complimentary role, playing over the center. As a senior, Washington was put in the attacking role, lining up over guards. "Washington’s pass rushing took a notable jump with the change too, as he was the third-highest graded interior rusher this past season," Michael Renner wrote.
Mar 20 - 2:31 PM

Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington could not finish his workout at the school's pro day after sustaining a hamstring injury during his second forty.

Washington missed an opportunity here, as his NFL Combine workout was horrible. How horrible, you ask? Based on his workout, 95 percent of NFL defensive tackles are more athletic than Washington. On the field, Washington projects as a backup interior defensive lineman who can come in and offer upfield disruption in flashes. He was forced to play around 85 percent of OSU's defensive snaps this season, which was far too many.
Mar 14 - 11:41 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quoted an NFL scout calling Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington an "idiot."

Washington was suspended for the bowl game after soliciting a prostitute. "Losing the last game because of that... God, what an idiot," said the scout. "He's a late second-rounder now." The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder scored 16 on the Wonderlic. "I like him but he gets knocked around, he really does," another scout said. "He plays light. He's got a good first step. He's a 3-technique all the way." This is how Washington responded to the solicitation fiasco: "I think about it on a daily basis. I had never been in trouble or failed a drug test. It was just an impulsive decision."
Mar 9 - 4:30 PM

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington called his solicitation citation prior to the Fiesta Bowl a "really dumb, impulsive decision."

Not only is the combine a place for players to show off their athletic chops, it's also a place where players profusely apologize for all past wrongs. Twas the case for Washington, who was hit with a misdemeanor solicitation charge prior to the Fiesta Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder was held out of the bowl game as a result, but insists that he's otherwise a clean player. Said Washington, "Up to this point, I’d never gotten in trouble, never failed a drug test, never did drugs, never did anything." NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein has compared Washington to Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry, while Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the former Buckeye as the No. 41 prospect in this draft class.
Feb 26 - 8:37 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington as the No. 41 prospect in the draft.

"When he’s on, Washington can be very disruptive and slippery," Norris wrote. "In the past I docked interior defensive linemen who did not give full effort or did not fight for position on every snap. That has changed in recent years. Washington played a large number of snaps (82 percent) and shows uncommon movement for an interior defensive lineman." Washington will face questions at the Combine over a misdemeanor solicitation charge that was eventually dismissed. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compares Washington to Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 24 - 6:35 PM

Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington's misdemeanor solicitation charge has been dismissed.

Washington pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 19 after being cited in early December prior to the school's bowl game, which he was suspended for. He completed the necessary program after police say Washington "agreed to pay an undercover officer $100 for sex after responding to an online ad placed by police." On the field, Washington was asked to play over 86 percent of the school's defensive snaps this season, which likely accounted for his dip in play from time to time. There are some tremendous flashes, however.
Feb 23 - 12:01 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compared Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington to Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry.

Gilberry went undrafted out of Alabama in 2008, but he's managed to carve out an NFL career over the last seven seasons nonetheless. As for the man he's serving as a comparable for, Zierlein writes, "Washington has the size and athleticism that should get him taken within the first two days of the draft, but his issues with contact balance might be something that always hinders his ability to reach his true potential." In an even more pointed criticism, the analyst says the 6-foot-3, 297-pounder's "not even [getting] a participation ribbon as a bull-rusher." All of that being said, it wouldn't be a shock if Washington climbed into the second round depending on how the rest of the process plays out. It should be noted that he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of solicitation in mid-January. Teams will surely question that, but it probably won't have a major impact on his draft stock unless more character concerns spring forth.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 6:27 PM

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

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