After selecting Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland, the Buffalo Bills stayed on the defensive side of the ball in the third round of the draft. At pick 80, the Bills once again addressed their front seven by selecting Ohio State’s Adolphus Washington.
To get a good idea of what the Bills gained in Washington, Buffalo Football Report reached out to Blake Williams. Williams has covered Ohio State on Scout’s BuckeyeSports.com. At pick 80, Williams believes the Bills found decent value in Washington.
“I went into the draft thinking that Washington was worth a third-round pick, so I think the Bills got decent value here,” said Williams.
The Buckeyes writer believes that Washington’s greatest asset is his ability to get after the quarterback.
“His greatest strength is certainly his ability to rush the passer. He has great agility for his size (6-3, 301) and as a converted defensive end, he has experience attacking the passer from the inside or the edge.”
Washington’s ability to get after opposing quarterbacks could lead to the rookie seeing playing time as a rookie on obvious passing downs. However, Williams believes that Washington needs work stopping the run.
Williams stated, “He needs to improve against the run to be a more complete player. He sometimes struggles to shed blocks. He benefited from having elite players around him on the line, but did improve each season at Ohio State.”
As for how he’d utilize Washington as a rookie, Williams believes the Bills should find creative packages that allow Washington to attack the quarterback.
“I think that he can be of value immediately in creative packages that use his pass-rush ability while minimizing his other responsibilities while he continues to adjust.”
Washington could be the heir apparent to Kyle Williams if he improves against the run and shows that consistently on the field. Considering the talent and depth along the line, Washington won’t be expected to do too much as a rookie.
Tomorrow, Williams will share his thoughts on Buffalo’s fourth round pick, Cardale Jones.