Signed by Cowboys Cowboys sign Adolphus Washington


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OSU. Once charged with solicitation. Charged in 2017 for a gun violation but charges were dropped.


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2016 report on Washington from Dane Brugler's guide. He rated him a 3rd round pick:

BACKGROUND: A five-star defensive line recruit out of high school, Adolphus “DD” Washington committed to in-state Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Michigan State and several others – was also the Ohio high school basketball player of the year his senior season, leading his conference in points and rebounds. He played sparingly as a true freshman before seeing his role expand as a sophomore in 2013, starting six games and finishing with 36 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Washington started 14 games as a junior and set career-highs in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (4.5), earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He returned for his senior season and started 12 games (missed bowl game due to suspension), recording 49 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Washington accepted his invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl.

STRENGTHS: Boasts a tall, long and moldable frame, carrying his weight with ease…very good initial and short-area quickness to burst off the ball and extend into blockers…limber big man with balanced feet and lateral agility to sidestep blocks…strong hands and long arms to tie up blockers and grip-and-rip without losing momentum – not bothered by bodies in his path…collects himself well in space to redirect and pursue…punishing finisher as a tackler, using his weight to drive through his target…flashes the ability to track the ball, work down the line of scrimmage and sniff out screens – needs to do this more consistently…unselfish player, using angles to force the run away from him…weighed 230 pounds as a senior in high school and worked hard to add good weight…has a two-year old daughter.

WEAKNESSES: Instincts and recognition skills are stuck in the development phase, flowing with the action and losing sight of the ball…needs to do a better job looking through blockers to find the ball without surrendering the point of attack…tends to think too much instead of allowing his reactive athleticism to dictate his play…hand placement and mechanics are still a work-in-progress…production tends to come in spurts and will disappear for stretches – struggles to stay motivated…questionable mental toughness and struggles to deal with touch coaching – effort has been a consistent question mark throughout his career…off-field decision-making needs vetted after a Dec. 2015 misdemeanor arrest for soliciting a prostitute – suspended for the Fiesta Bowl, his final collegiate game.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter, Washington lined up primarily as a nose guard as an underclassmen before moving to three-technique as a senior where he had his best season. He struggled to live up to the hype out of high school and considered quitting at one point – admittedly didn’t have his “stuff” together and effort questions have followed him throughout his career. Washington has excellent movement skills for a man his size with the well-rounded skill-set to fit several positions on the defensive line, but his football instincts and anticipation are still undeveloped. A naturally talented player who leaves you wanting more, he displays first round traits, but needs a strong positional coach in the NFL to fully reach his potential – projects as an eventual NFL starter and day two draft pick.