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.

 

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