James Washington Draft Profile

James Washington draft

Strengths:

  • Can stretch the field vertically
  • Productive
  • Surprise speed
  • Ball skills
  • Worked outside and in slot
  • YAC
  • Leaping ability

Analysis: James Washington was an ultra-productive receiver during his tenure at Oklahoma State catching 226 passes for 4,472 yards and 39 touchdowns. He is a vertical talent averaging just over 20 yards per catch over last three years. He surprises cornerbacks with build up speed and consistently gets by them. Accelerates from stems on post routes and creates open deep looks for quarterbacks. Tracks balls like a centerfielder racing for the warning track. His ball skills are on point–he adjusts speed to match ball flight and keeps cornerbacks stacked. Able to go up and come down with the deep ball with the best of them. Deep speed creates cushion for comeback routes underneath. He comes with some versatility as he has played both outside and in the slot within the Cowboys offense. Solid production gaining yards after the catch.

Weaknesses:

  • Rarely challenged by press in Big 12
  • Route tree is limited
  • Top-heavy frame
  • Clunky footwork
  • Issues finishing contested catches
  • Not a ‘smooth’ pass catcher

Analysis: James Washington was rarely challenged with press coverage during his time at Oklahoma State and was exposed during Senior Bowl week against physical corners. Watching him, he could barely get out of the jam and was re-directed early and often. Oklahoma State’s offense actually hurts Washington’s value–the Cowboys ran an Air Raid/Spread system that did not develop Washington’s route running abilities. His route tree is severely limited. His top-heavy frame causes him to roll into breaks rather than sink sharply into them. Footwork inside routes feels clunky and lack of timing. Doesn’t have skillset for fluid, complex routes. Lacks short area footwork and suddenness to win underneath against tight man coverage. Has issues finishing contested catches on first and second levels. Not a smooth, easy pass catcher and tends to fight some throws.

What the scouts say: “James Washington shows flashes and has solid ball skills but he is very limited in route running and has iffy hands. He is dependent on a quarterback with great deep ball accuracy and you can’t expect him to make an impact on the first or second level of a football field.”–AFC South scout

Size: 6’0 205lbs

Draft Rank: No.8 WR

NFL Comparison: Rashaun Woods

Draft Projection: Round 2-3

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