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James Washington: Welcome to the “Mason Rudolph to James Washington Go Route” Show



Every so often, we as football fans get to experience a player, and a particular play so dominant, nearly everyone just accepts it as unstoppable, and simply tries to contain it. In 2012, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin the Third and the Washington offense ran a read option based attack centered around Griffin’s ability to run the football, as well as rookie running back Alfred Morris. That year the Washington rookie duo combined for 2,428 rushing yards, a 5.3 yards per carry clip, as well as 20 touchdowns. The two rookie’s totaled over 800 yards and 12 touchdowns more than the entire team had during the 2011 campaign. The result? A five win increase from 2011 to 2012, and an NFC East Championship.

This leads us, indirectly, to Stillwater, Oklahoma where there’s another duo, with another play that is setting their respective league on fire. Welcome to the “Mason Rudolph to James Washington go route” show. The “deep” ball alone has made James Washington a legit Heisman contender. If you don’t believe me look at this excerpt from Pro Football Focus: “Washington showed that he is a perennial deep threat as he leads the crop of returning draft-eligible wide receivers in deep receiving yards (690)”

Take those 690 yards, and factor that in with the fact that he finished with 1380 total receiving yards last season, that means that exactly half of his yards are via deep balls (20+ yards in the air). This play has so far been virtually unstoppable; I can’t wait to see the ridiculous numbers Washington puts up in 2017. So outside of just the “go” route, who is James Washington the prospect? Where should we place him in terms of Dynasty, and Draft rankings? We’ll answer all of these questions as we break down Washington piece by piece.

  • Go route


Athleticism: As you might expect from a player who has a career average of 18.9 yards per catch, he’s a pure burner (his lowest recorded 40 time is a 4.40). But of course, athleticism is so much more than straight line speed. Washington is a “plus” athlete in every sense of the word when you’re talking about the wide receiver position. Acceleration, Agility, Vertical, to go along with his straight line speed, Washington has no weakness athletically.

*Note: While Washington is indeed a “plus” athlete, he isn’t an “elite” athlete that almost guarantees a first round pick ala Will Fuller or Percy Harvin.

Hands: Surprised? I certainly was. Maybe the most frequent thorn in the deep threat receiver’s game (besides route running) is “stone” hands. Not Washington however, this guy’s got the hands of a short yardage possession receiver. Technique wise, the Cowboy meets the ball with his hands spread with the ideal triangle shape as he brings it into his body. So how strong are his hands? Can he catch the ball outside of his 6’0 frame? You tell me.

  • Slant route

Route Running: Washington can run more than just a 9 route, he can run the entire route tree. The kid has quick cuts, precise breaks in his routes, and uses his “plus” agility and acceleration to create separation at all levels of the field. Not only is Washington adept at creating good distance between himself and the corner, but he is also straight up electricity after the catch.

  • “Out-go” Double move

Blocking: While not the biggest receiver (6’0, 205 Lbs), Washington combines great technique and effort to be the kind of run blocker any coach appreciates. With his route running, blocking, and athleticism, Washington should be able to fit into any offensive system and contribute.


Height: Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. are both examples of wide receivers shorter than Washington who are dominating the NFL. But for a receiver who makes a lot of his catches by going up and getting the ball, being at least 6’2 would be ideal for Washington. More than anything, this will most likely limit where Washington will line up, putting him more often at the Z or slot position, instead of at the X position.

Big 12: The Big 12 has a recent history of having teams with immense firepower, but fairly few NFL successes that come out of it. Dorial Green Beckham, Tavon Austin, Kevin White (so far), are all Big 12 first round receivers who didn’t or haven’t lived up to their hype. Let’s take Oklahoma State in particular, will James Washington follow in the footsteps of Dez Bryant? Or Rashaun Woods? He’ll probably end up somewhere in between. As we see with Mr. Bryant, coming out of the Big 12 is by no means a death sentence. But it is something to be cautious of.

Summary: James Washington is an unbelievably productive NCAA receiver who in three years at Oklahoma State has accumulated 152 receptions, 2,923 yards, and 26 touchdowns. He has the athleticism, route running skills, and hands to continue that production as he goes on to the NFL. Going into his senior year for the Top 15 ranked Cowboys, Washington should be a Heisman contender along with Mason Rudolph. At this point of the draft process, I have Washington as a late first round/early second round prospect, as for his dynasty value, just like his draft value expect him to go in the late portions of the first round of your drafts.




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Bradley Ylitalo, Minneapolis MN. Bethel Football Student Coach. Scouting/Devy writer for the Dynasty Football Factory. Follow me on twitter @NFL_drafthub or find me on facebook: Bradley Ylitalo

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