The Bengals are at home, talented, healthy, and pissed. The Rams are
poorly-coached, their QB is a stiff who lost his job to Case freakin' Keenum,
their receivers are awful, their O-line is practice squad-quality, and
the only unit on their team that could be considered a strength at this
point (D-line) is banged up and lining up against a stout Cincy O-line.
The only way things could be worse is if...oh, I don't know...one of
their teammates was nearly murdered or something. What makes you think that Rams will rebound in this spot?
Highly productive on special teams - 4 career punt blocks
Very good footwork and technique
Doesn't miss many tackles
Stepped up as a leader
Voted team captain
Will lay the wood
Good ball skills
Very talented with significant upside
Tends to avoid taking on blocks
Struggles to stack and shed
Needs to bulk up and get stronger
Only 15 career starts - lacks some experience
Won't fit every scheme
Needs to work on gap responsibilities
Summary: Washington is a highly talented player who is athletic and makes plays all over the field. Teams such as Minnesota, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and St. Louis are likely to have Washington rated higher on their boards than most teams because they either play a lot of zone and value speed. He projects strictly as a WILL linebacker in the 4-3 defense with versatility on special teams - I think he is a little too small at the moment to play inside. Washington is projected to go off the board in the top 75 picks.
Player Comparison: Geno Hayes. Hayes is an athletic WILL who has outstanding athleticism and range. He's very good on special teams for Tampa.