Daryl Washington—ILB/OLB/SS, 6'2" 225 lbs., Second or Third Round Pick
Washington has quickly risen up many big boards over the Senior Bowl practices. He has shown to have great athleticism, good coverage skills, and off-the-chart potential.
Washington made himself a name on special teams for his first three years with the Horned Frogs. He finished his career with four punt block, including a league leading three in 2007.
The NFL has become such a specialized league, and many general managers believe Washington could become a regular at the Pro Bowl for special teams. Scouts also love Washington’s versatility. He has the ability to play either inside or outside linebacker, and has the speed to make a potential switch to strong safety.
The first thing that jumps out to many scouts and general managers is Washington’s small stature. He is listed at 6’2” and 220 lbs., but many scouts think these numbers may even get smaller when he if officially measured at the combine.
Washington will need to put on at least 15 pounds to even be considered for a starting job in the NFL. Another cause for concern is his lack of playing time. Washington only started his senior at TCU. All the other years, Washington found himself subbing in or making plays on special teams. Many teams do not want to invest three or more years in teaching a player his position, so this lack of football experience could really hurt his draft stock.
Washington is a very fast and athletic linebacker with enormous upside for the NFL. He has proven he can make plays whenever he is on the field, and teams love his hustle and ability to accept a role.
If Washington can put on some more weight while maintaining his great speed, he could definitely end up starting in the NFL.
Washington should end up on a team either looking for help at special teams or help at weak side linebacker. If general managers look past his inexperience starting and more at his uncharted potential, they should be very excited about what kind of player Daryl Washington can become.