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Bills use third-round pick on Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington

The Buffalo Bills made it three defensive players in a row by selecting Ohio State tackle Adolphus Washington with their third-round draft pick Friday night.

In 48 career games for the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound Washington was credited with 170 tackles, 29.5 for loss, and five sacks. He also is credited with three pass defenses, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

General Manager Doug Whaley said Washington would compete for a starting spot. Whaley also said Washington had some pass-rush moves, "which is rare for an inside player," but also said he needs to work on his techniques.

Washington said his pre-draft meeting with the Bills was the best one he had. He said he was honest with team representatives in talking about his arrest for soliciting an undercover officer in a prostitution sting that resulted in his being suspended from the Fiesta Bowl. Washington called it a "mistake." Whaley said Washington "admitted it, he owned up to it" and that the team is comfortable with the "support system" he will have in place on the Bills.

The Bills used their first two picks on outside linebacker Shaq Lawson from Clemson and inside linebacker Reggie Ragland from Alabama. They have four choices left -- one in the fourth round (a compensatory pick after trading the other to Chicago to move up for Ragland), one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

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