Raiders sign Washington

The Raiders let go of one Washington this off-season but added another this week when they signed Donnell Washington. The big defensive tackle had been released by the Green Bay Packers on June 14.  

Defensive tackle Donnell Washington was held out of mini-camp practices in May because he was out of shape, according to Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. Listed at 6-foot-5, 332-pounds, it was not clear at what weight he showed up as.

Washington, selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft by Green Bay, did not play in any games last year. He was on injured reserve his entire rookie season with a foot injury that he sustained early in training camp.

It was clear that the new coach in Green Bay had a no tolerance policy and wanted to eradicate any players that he deemed a distraction. But as a former first day pick, he has the upside that Oakland could use along the defensive line.

Here is the scouting report on Washington, a junior entrant into the NFL Draft in 2004:

Name: Donnell Washington School Clemson Year 4Jr
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 332 40: 5.04 Pos: DT

Bio: Posted numbers of 56/10/4 last year as a junior leading the team with 25 quarterback pressures. Started thirteen games the prior season posting 55/5/1.

Pos: Big bodied athlete with a lot of raw skill for the next level. Possesses a quick first step off the snap, great power in his lower body and easily bulrushes blockers up the field. Holds his ground against double teams and tough to move off the point. Moves well for a big man, quickly changes direction and chases to get involved in the play. Occasionally put at defensive end and displays speed off the edge.

Neg: Gets sloppy, lets opponents inside him and neutralized at the point. Inconsistent off the snap and lackadaisically comes off the line at times. Must improve his hand technique and football awareness.

Analysis: A terrific raw specimen, Washington must improve his intensity, fundamentals and overall mental skills. A dominant force on the inside that overwhelms opponents yet does not do it on a consistent basis. Made a mistake entering the draft and could have been a high choice in 2005 yet even with that, his natural size and athletic skills are intriguing.

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