TCU's Washington could be effective weak-side LB

Posted Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:41 a.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

LB Daryl Washington
TCU senior
Ht: 6-1¾ | Wt: 226 | 40-time: 4.58

Upside: Has extremely long arms. Good diagnostic skills. Explosive athlete with fluid movement skills and outstanding speed. Knifes through gaps and closes fast to the ball. Outstanding lateral pursuit. Wrap tackler with explosive striking ability. Appears very comfortable moving in reverse. Very good coverage skills — loose-hipped to mirror receivers in man coverage and aware to recognize routes and react in zone coverage. Times blitzes well — shows agility to sidestep blocks en route to the quarterback. Intense. Plays hard and competes. Tough.

Downside: Needs to bulk up. Strength limitations are exposed between the tackles. Is too light and thin-framed — could be pinballed too easily at the next level. Marginal take-on strength. Does not blow up lead blockers in the hole. Does not have strong hands to stack and shed — gets stuck on blocks and can be engulfed by bigger linemen. Will overrun some plays. Only a one-year starter.

The way we see it: Very athletic college inside linebacker in a 4-2-5 front who projects to the weak side in a "40" front at the next level. Could be a very effective every-down linebacker in a penetrating, one-gap scheme or, at worst, a great nickel linebacker.


Watch for multiple postings each day this week from the Senior Bowl, including blogs and our prospect of the day.


PFW has launched its brand-new NFL Draft Newsletter series, with the second issue now ready for mailing and a third issue focusing on underclassmen to be published in the next few weeks. Produced by PFW's player personnel department under the direction of Nolan Nawrocki, the series consists of four information-packed issues. For more info or to subscribe — click here for PDF e-pub or here for print format. You can also find details about other draft-related publications in the PFW store.