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Adolphus Washington | Defensive End

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

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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. Jul 20 - 9:47 PM

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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
Jul 14 - 10:59 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.
Jul 13 - 8:22 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
Jul 10 - 4:17 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington could be "a difference-making 3-4 end at the next level."

"Shedding one-on-one blocks and exploding into the backfield throughout the Big Ten season will show scouts he's ready to take the next step, no matter where they want him to line up," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington runs a 4.88 forty and gets off the ball quickly. A former five-star recruit, Washington had four sacks in Ohio State's spring game.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:32 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington "could be a breakout candidate moving to the three-technique position that Michael Bennett played last season."

The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty. Because of those measureables, he's just about assured of going higher in the draft than Bennett just did. In fact, NFL.com's Chad Reuter ranked Washington as the No. 14 senior draft prospect heading into the season. An NFL executive told NFL.com in January that Washington "jumps out in tape."
Source: SB Nation
May 23 - 5:06 PM

Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington "has quickness off the ball for his size, and although he will likely face a lot of double teams in 2015, his future might be as a difference-making 3-4 end at the next level," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

The analyst ranks Washington as the No. 14 senior draft prospect heading into the season. "Shedding one-on-one blocks and exploding into the backfield throughout the Big Ten season will show scouts he's ready to take the next step no matter where they want him to line up," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty. An NFL executive told NFL.com in January that Washington "jumps out in tape."
Source: NFL.com
May 12 - 6:25 PM

An NFL executive said Ohio State junior DE Adolphus Washington "jumps out in tape."

"He could have a big impact on the game," the exec said, speaking, of course, about the National Championship versus Oregon. Washington stated late last month that he is "more than likely" coming back for his senior year. "I’m not quite sure yet, but more than likely I’ll be coming back," Washington told 247Sports. "There’s really no point for me to leave. So, more than likely, yeah, I’ll be back." The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 9 - 12:09 AM

Ohio State junior DE Adolphus Washington stated that he is "more than likely" coming back for his senior year.

"I’m not quite sure yet, but more than likely I’ll be coming back," Washington told 247Sports. "There’s really no point for me to leave. So, more than likely, yeah, I’ll be back." The Buckeyes' prospect has had a solid year this season and has recorded 9 tackles-for-loss including 3.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Ohio State junior DE Adolphus Washington is "a physical pass rusher," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty. "Washington was an edge rusher his first two seasons in Columbus, but will move inside as a junior and likely start next to Michael Bennett at defensive tackle in 2014," Brugler wrote. "Washington is a physical pass rusher and with the help of new defensive line coach Larry Johnson, he's doing a better job vs. the run and adapting to his new responsibilities." The 6-foot-3, 295-pound teams with Bennett and Noah Spence to form a fearsome defensive line.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 05:49:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes sophomore DE Adolphus Washington could emerge as a force on the edge for Ohio State.

Weidl also called attention to Noah Spence, who is more of a speed and explosion rusher. "Washington has some big time power," Weidl tweeted. He "gave Taylor Lewan all sorts of problems. Sack and had him off balance throughout the tape." The Buckeyes return plenty of talented players, but the team did lose Johnathan Hankins and John Simon along their defensive line.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 12:52:00 PM