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Ar'Darius Washington

S

TCU

Strengths 

5'8"

Height

Weight

176

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
17
4.62
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
37 1/2"
10' 7"
4.1
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
7.06
9 1/2"
29 1/4"
70 7/8"

Final Grade

7.9

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.

Weaknessess

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.

Injury History

Games Evaluated

WVU (2019), Oklahoma (2019), SMU (2019)

Big Picture

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.

Team Fit

Player Comp

Tyrann Mathieu

Athleticism:

7.75

7.25

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.

Foot Quickness
Lateral Agility
Speed
Play Strength
Balance
7.5
7.75
7.75
7.5
8.25

8.13

Coverage Ability:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Recovery
Hip Fluidity
8.00
8
7.75
8.75

Scheme at TCU had him playing a lot of zone coverage over the top as well as man coverage as a slot corner. Turns his hips and runs will ease. Very fluid mover in the backend of the secondary. Showed 100% text book pedal, hips, and ball skills on INT vs. TCU in the End Zone. Not effective slowing WRs with his jam at the line; didn't show the requisite punch to be effective jamming the slot at the next level.

Playmaking:

7.5

7.25

Plus ball skills; flips his hips effortlessly when tracking the ball and making plays downfield. Plays the ball well infront of him; reads and reacts quickly. Possesses the closing speed to break on crossing routes from his FS position. Catches the ball naturally. Shows potential as a blitzer but need to understand he will be smaller than the back in pass protection every single time.

Closing Quickness
Ball Skills
High-Point Ability
Blitzing
8
8
6.5
7.5

Run Support:

7.44

7.25

Willing to stick his nose in the running game. Despite size, unafraid of contact and wants to get involved. Very physical tackler that looks to lower the boom when the opportunity presents itself. At his best when he can make first contact and allow his teammates to clean up. Gives you an uneasy feeling at the point of contact with bigger backs due to his size but he holds his own. Injuries could be a concern down the line due to aggressive play style at sub-180lbs.

Engage with blocks
Range
Pursuit angles
Tackling
7
7.75
7.5
7.5

Competitiveness:

8.17

Aggression
Confidence
Consistency/Motor
8
8
8.5

Plays with a aggressive demeanor. Very physical for his size. Absolutely blew up blocker on a screen play vs. SMU in 2019. Trusts his eyes and instincts 100%; committs to what he sees and if often the first to arrive. Defensive tempo-setter that brings energy and attitude to the backend of the secondary.

Intelligence:

8.08

7.25

Lines up all over the defense; Free Safety, Slot Corner and even comes down in the box. Consistently see him making defensive calls pre-snap. Very aware and instinctive to switch on/off routes seamlessly.

Play Recognition
Position Versatility
Communication
8
8
8.25
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