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Road to the NFL Draft / Adolphus Washington

Position: Defensive tackle.

School: Ohio State.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-3, 301 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.17 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps. Vertical: 27 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 3 inches. 3-cone drill: 8.06 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.79 seconds.

Career stats: 49 games, 31 starts, 142 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.

Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Lowdown: Washington was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior after recording 49 tackles and four sacks in 12 starts. Unfortunately for him, he missed the Buckeyes’ bowl game against Notre Dame after being suspended for soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. The charge was eventually dismissed, but will lead to questions about Washington’s decision-making. … On the field, Washington moves well for a player his size. He anticipates the snap well and can quickly get off the line of scrimmage to disrupt running lanes or get into the offensive backfield. … His stamina has been questioned by scouts, as he has periods when he seems to disappear. Inconsistency and questionable judgment will likely cause Washington to slip to the middle rounds, but he displays some of the traits of a first- or second-round draft pick.

They said it: “When he’s on, Washington can be very disruptive and slippery. In the past I docked interior defensive linemen who did not give full effort or did not fight for position on every snap. That has changed in recent years. Washington played a large number of snaps (82 percent) and shows uncommon movement for an interior defensive lineman.” – Rotoworld’s Josh Norris

− Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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