Finding Broncos: Scouting Defensive Lineman Adolphus Washington

MHH's draft expert is back to look at Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington.

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 5.17 SEC








-Knows how to sell pass rush moves

-Tall and long frame

-Knows how to puts pass rushing moves together

-Quick snap get off

-Experience as a one and two gapper

-Uses his weight to drive through tacklers

-Consistent against single blockers

-Quick reads and ability to break up screen plays


-Lacks balance

-Shows limited understanding of leverage

-Surrenders too much at the point of attack

-Overthinks, which makes him slow to react

-Doesn’t always trust what he sees

-Needs to get better at diagnosing run plays

-Off-field concerns, more than just arrest for solicitation

-Concerns with his behavior in film room and attitude in film room

-Thin lower body

-Pad level is too high too often

-Poor conditioning and fatigues early in games

-Doesn’t just takes plays off, but takes whole series off

-Doesn’t have a bull rush

-Disappears when needed

-First contact can shut him down and take him out of the play

-Technically raw

-Hand work is non-existent

-Lacks scheme and alignment versatility

Overall Thoughts

There is very little to like with Washington’s game, but a lot to work. He is far from pro ready, and has a lot that needs to be worked on. It is going to take time for him to become more than just a role player on a defense. He lacks versatility and doesn’t look the part of a defensive end in a 3-4 defensive front. However, he would make an excellent 4-3 3-tech defensive tackle, which puts him outside of the Denver Broncos scheme.

Washington needs to clean up a lot of stuff on the field, but it starts with his attitude off the field. When in team meetings or in the film room, Washington had a “no care” attitude, but when it came time to play, he was lost and confused with some of the more complex concepts the defense faced. He also is in his head too much, and if he relied on his athleticism a bit more, like in 2014, he would have looked better in 2015. For the Broncos, he just doesn’t fit the scheme, which hurts his draft stock for the Broncos more than teams who run a scheme he fits.

Broncos Round Projection: Mid-late 4th round

Where He Goes: Late 2nd-Early 3rd

Per sources, one team who runs an attacking 4-3 defense feels Washington has first round talent. Not a single 3-4 defensive team who I’ve talked to a source about have a grade on him before round four.

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