NFl Draft: Ohio State's Adolphus Washington Is Off The Board

After four seasons as a Buckeye, including two as a full-time starter, Adolphus Washington has been selected in the third round of the NFL draft, going to the Buffalo Bills .

WR Adolphus Washington: Drafted

Round: 3 (No. 80 overall)

Team: Buffalo Bills

Bio Info
Cincinnati Taft High School
5.17 40
34 1/2-inch arm length
9 7/8-inch hands

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Four-star prospect
No. 8 defensive tackle in the draft
No. 53 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: Washington came to Ohio State as a five-star defensive end in the 2012 class, the No. 10 overall player nationally and the second-highest ranked player in the Buckeyes recruiting class. He saw the field sparingly as a true freshman, registering nine tackles -- including 3.5 tackles for loss -- and three sacks in limited action.

The following year Washington appeared in 11 games, finishing his sophomore campaign with two sacks and four tackles for loss among his 36 total tackles. During his junior year Washington moved inside so that the Buckeyes four best defensive linemen could see the field. That season, one that saw the Buckeyes capture the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship, Washington moved to nose guard midway through the year to accommodate Michael Bennett. Despite playing much of the year at a position whose primary responsibility is to eat blocks, Washington finished his junior season with 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and 48 total tackles.

During his senior season, Washington moved to the three-technique defensive tackle position in order to maximize his playmaking abilities. The Cincinnati native had seven tackles for loss with four sacks among his 49 total tackles in 11 games for the Buckeyes. He also showed off his athleticism when he returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in a win against Western Michigan. Washington was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News, though he was only a second-team all-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and media.

Washington's Ohio State career ended on a negative note, however, as the defensive tackle was suspended for the Buckeyes Fiesta Bowl contest against Notre Dame after being cited for solicitation in the weeks leading up to the contest. Washington did get invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl and was reportedly impressive over the week of practice.

Over his four-year career Washington finished with 142 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks to go along with four pass break-ups, three forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Washington says: “There aren’t many guys who can play the run and pass rush or can play multiple positions that’s an interior guy. Most of these guys are just run stoppers. I think that’s what sets me apart – my versatility.”

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