Washington produced double-digit touchdowns and had more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of his final three seasons at Oklahoma State, averaging 20.3 yards per catch over that span. He plays faster than his 40 time and has good ball skills. A late-second-round draft pick, Washington is the odds-on favorite to replace Martavis Bryant as the No. 3 receiver in Pittsburgh’s souped-up attack.
Washington may have a tough time finding targets on a team that already has Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster at receiver. With 4.54 speed and a 5-11, 213-pound frame, Washington might not have the physical tools to make his vertical passing game skills translate to the NFL level. He might need to improve his route running and refocus his game to make a successful transition.
Washington’s big-play capabilities might not be on display very often this year in a Steelers offense that boasts one of the NFL’s best WR tandems in Brown and Smith-Schuster, but it would only take one injury for the rookie to earn a more prominent role.