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L'Damian Washington NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

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L'Damian Washington NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (HT: 6'3⅞", WT: 195)

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arms Hands
6037 195 33 3/8" 9"

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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill Shuttle
4.46 1.59 32" 9'7" 7.19 4.35

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Positives

  • Blend of height and speed gives him a ton of potential as a downfield threat. 
  • Has the speed to be a dangerous deep threat, and with his height, very few cornerbacks can both stay with him and contest the catch without help from a safety over the top. 
  • Wide catch radius due to his height and long arms and occasionally adjusts his body to come up with a difficult catch. 
  • Can fight through press coverage and has the speed to make cornerbacks pay if he's able to get around them without much contact. 
  • Has the athleticism to make sharp cuts and be an efficient route-runner once he learns the timing of his routes. 
  • Decent quickness in short bursts and capable of making the first defender miss. 
  • Has the speed to take the ball the distance once he hits the open field. 
  • Has some fight in him as a blocker despite his limited strength. 
  • Emerged as a productive second option in 2013 and still has plenty of room to grow. 
  • Has experience on special teams as a gunner. 

 

Negatives

  • Very skinny, which hurts his ability to truly use his size to his advantage. 
  • Needs to fill out his frame in order to improve his ability to box out defenders when going up for 50-50 balls. 
  • Extremely passive in his approach to jump balls and rarely uses his height to his advantage. 
  • Needs to become more aggressive and attempt to high-point the football when he's in position for a contested catch down the field—tends to the let the ball come to him, and when he does jump he often mistimes his approach. 
  • Looks awkward tracking the ball over his shoulder, often takes bizarre paths to the ball and ends up out of position to make a clean catch.
  • Leaping ability was below average at the combine (32" vertical).
  • On underneath passes, he lets the ball into his chest too often, leading to double catches and an occasional bad drop. 
  • Routes are sloppy—gets to the general vicinity of where he needs to be, but the paths he takes are clearly not by design. 
  • Hasn't run the full route tree—limited to a lot of screens and go routes, with very few routes involving double moves. 
  • Rounds off his cuts, takes too many extra steps and veers off track when he isn't focused.
  • Press-release technique is limited, needs to learn a wider variety of moves in order to attack different types of corners. 

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2010 Missouri 5 35 7.0 0
2011 Missouri 20 364 18.2 3
2012 Missouri 25 443 17.7 2
2013 Missouri 50 893 17.9 10

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Personal Notes

  • Two-year starter at Missouri. 
  • Led Missouri in receiving yards in 2013. 
  • Also played defensive back in high school and had seven interceptions as a junior. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Washington is only scratching the surface of his potential, which is both a positive and a negative on his resume. It's a little late in the game for him to be so raw. Teams aren't very patient with developmental prospects these days, and Washington will need to land in the perfect system where he can be brought along slowly. That said, he has A.J. Green-like potential if he's able to refine his route running and develop a more assertive approach to catching the football. He could be a steal on the third day of the draft because so few players with his ceiling are available late. 

 

Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

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