Washington can flip his hips, run, and play the football in the air with the best of them. fluid athlete that owned the backend at TCU. He possesses the loose hips and ability to hang in the hip pocket to carry receivers downfield. He offers the versatility to play high-zone coverage or come down and play the slot corner. Despite his size, he's aggressive filling in the run game and comes downhill with an attitude. Washington is a very instinctive leader of the defense that see the game like a QB. He brings and energy and vinegar to a defense with his ability to make plays on the ball and his playing demeanor.
The easy knock on Washington is his size. While he plays much bigger than his measurables, manning up a TE, filling in the run game at the next level, and fighting for 50/50 balls against larger receivers will always leave him exposed. While Washington is plenty athletic to start at the next level, he's not going to turn heads with his 40 time or test results. His play speed is amplified by strong instincts and quickness rather than raw speed. Some will question if his body will hold up at the next level give his aggressive style of play.
WVU (2019), Oklahoma (2019), SMU (2019)
Washington showcased the ball skills, instincts, awareness, hips, and versatility of a 1st Round pick during his time at TCU. The question is, how much will those skills shine through the black cloud this is his nearly undraftable size. He appears to be Tyrann Mathieu 2.0 on film; with an aggressive playmaking skillset that will surely bring an edge to a defense. There is no question that some evaluators will view him as Honey Badger-Lite and others will remove him from their draft board completely due to his size. The positives are too strong to ignore and I can't help but think a team is going to come away from Day 2 of the draft grinning ear to ear because they added Washington to their secondary.
Size is glaring on paper and on film, but plays far beyond his measurables. Strong for his frame and packs a punch on contact. He's not a blazer but plays with zero hesitation which often has him arriving at the ball first. Natural mover that can pedal and transition with the best of his position in this draft. Has a small of a hitch in his backpedal (showed up sporadically) that can be smoothed out with coaching. Plays with balance and control; is rarely out of position to make a play on the ball.
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