Washington Draws Looks

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is reserved for the top players in college football entering this April's NFL Draft. One player, who is not participating in the this weekend's game but happened to be on the sidelines yesterday, was former Clemson defensive tackle Donnell Washington.

During this time, we had the opportunity to talk with Donnell Washington, the junior defensive tackle from Clemson, who declared his eligibility for the draft a few weeks ago.

Standing on the sideline, Washington is an imposing figure.

Contrary to published reports stating the NFL Advisory Committee rating would impact his decision, ultimately Washington's decision to enter the draft was based on self-evaluation, comparing him to other defensive tackles in college.

Washington began considering the draft at the beginning of the season and following a solid junior year, along with a discussion with his father, Washington made the decision to declare his eligibility.

Minnesota Vikings scout Scott Studstill came over and began talking with Washington, informing the big junior the Vikings scouts would like to meet with him.

During the conversation, Studstill inquired about Washington's teammate, wide receiver Derrick Hamilton, who also declared for the draft. Studstill continually asked Washington, "How fast is your receiver?"

Hamilton, like Washington, declared a year early for the draft, just when it appeared he would stay for his senior season. Both players were projected to be selected somewhere between the 2nd and 4th rounds.

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