PFF scouting report: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

Steve Palazzolo and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Ohio State's Adolphus Washington ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

| 1 year ago
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PFF scouting report: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

Here is the PFF draft profile for Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

4-3 defensive tackle, best fit as a 3-technique right over the guard.

Stats to know:

Third-best pass rushing grade among interior defensive linemen at +32.0

What he does best:

• Handles frontside double team well in the running game, can hold his ground
• Defeats blocks with his hands, has the length and power to move blockers at point of attack
• Quick hands allow him to shed blocks quickly as a pass rusher
• Impressive two-year production as pass rusher
• Has experience playing 3-technique (over guard) and 1-technique (nose tackle) and has been productive in both spots
• Will stack up blockers at the point of attack and re-direct running backs

Biggest concern:

• Does not always find the ball, whether he’s trying to shed or getting trapped
• Inconsistent staying square to line of scrimmage in run game. Can get turned against one-on-one blocks
• Needs to finish plays better to maximize potential
• Not exceptionally quick when shooting gaps, may be better when playing head up or looking to engage blocks

Player comparison:

Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings. He’s a good player that can be very effective when he puts it all together.

Bottom line:

Washington doesn’t stand out in any one area, but he’s a solid all-around player that can has the tools to move around the defensive line while maintaining his effectiveness.


  • Tim Edell

    IMO Washington is a guy who falls on draft day possibly to the 3rd round. To me if he doesn’t shoot the gap and get penetration he’s washed out of the play. Boom or bust player who is gonna get drafted later then most people think.

    • mrmxyz

      I’m praying for a Buckeye like this to fall a round or two, enabling a contender like GB to stack athletes for depth then groom them towards stardom. I’d prefer his abilities over the overweight overpaid Raji…

      • Tim Edell

        I dont see Washington playing un a 3-4 not sure if he has the power to play 5 technique.. Just my oppinion maybe he does

  • Tim Edell

    I liked Michael Bennett more out of OSU last year and he lasted till the 5th.

  • Tim fugger

    Interesting potentializzle ma nizzle

  • mdot

    Talented player but not the greatest athlete on the gridiron and lacks the top tier strength to be called Day One. Scheme dependent. Best fits as a 4-3 DT. Will only unlock his true potential if hes drafted by a team that has a few decent players at that position to help him. If so, could be one of the best at the position. If not, pass rushing specialist on 3rd downs.