WR James Washington, Oklahoma St.

5’11” – 213 lbs. – 4.54

Was a big part of the offense as a freshman, catching 28-456-6, then spent the next three seasons in the starting lineup, finishing his career with four seasons of impressive production, culminating in being this past season’s recipient of the Biletnikoff Award. Very thickly-built wide receiver who looks more like a running back. Almost always lines up split out wide to the right side of the offense. Played in a spread offense and ran a lot of his routes against generous cushions, but also has the strength and physicality to handle bump-and-run coverage at the line. Good inside release against press-man. A deep threat who has the speed to uncover down the field, even against opponents who give him a lot of respect; averaged roughly twenty yards per reception over the past three seasons. Does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder down the field, with what look like reliable hands (if somewhat constrained by a catch radius which appears to be just average). Speed also creates opportunities for him to run shorter routes; tree is a little bit sparse at this point, but in addition to the fly and post routes which are his bread and butter, also runs some stops, curls, ins/outs, screens, and slants. Has some nuance in terms of head-fakes and speed changes when running down the field, but underneath routes aren’t very crisp. Not very good at improvising when the play breaks down; tends to idle around in coverage. Offense also didn’t call for him to make adjustments to different coverages and may have a transition period if drafted into an option offense. Was trusted to make catches in tight coverage and did a pretty good job of coming down with passes in traffic. Pretty good with the ball in his hands; demonstrates good balance, some elusiveness, and a physical running style. Very good blocker; gives good effort, working to sustain through the whistle, and has the type of bulk and strength to drive opposing defensive backs off of their spot. As a deep threat whose game was predicated on running past defensive backs on posts and fly routes, will need to run well at the Combine to solidify his draft status, but appears to offer an intriguing combination of speed and strength, with the ability to make tough catches in traffic down the field.

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