He is a physical freak, had fine combine numbers, better than his teammate Ogletree. But in the end so what, combine might say he is the better athlete but on the field Ogletree is a freak athlete, Washington is not.
Great physical abilities but just does not give the effort on the field and clearly lacks some motivation or football knowledge to not be a more productive player at that size with that athletic ability. Has been around for awhile but no real surprise he has not produced a great deal in college.
When another teammate of yours has spinal stenosis and still gives better effort than you, that is sad....
Watching him, it just seems like a "want to" issue. Too often he's just content to be blocked, and he hardly goes full tilt when he's not. Haven't spoken to the young man, but there's no position I would put a higher premium on effort than on the DL and he just doesn't give good effort.
Top Ten pick if you gave him a brain transplant, though.
I tried to watch him but literally couldn't take my eyes off Ogletree. In fairness to Washington the switch hurt him this year but he does seem like an athletic freak who just didn't put it all together. That Georgia d was damn nasty though
The thing with him is he is exponentially better coming out of a 3-point than he is standing up. His greatest strength is ability to be low and explosive out of his stance and converting that burst into power. In the very limited times we've seen him be allowed to come out of a 3-point, he's been a handful for pretty much any OT he's gone against. UGA really wasted him. They played him at 34 DE and as a SLB in their 34 where he had more run responsibilities because they let Jarvis rush. For whatever reason he just is not an explosive player out of a 2-point. NFL teams obviously saw the talent because this was a guy with next to no statistical production got a Senior Bowl invite and at the Senior Bowl he was the best DE there all week. Lane Johnson and Justin Pugh both said he was the best player they faced there. The roles he was asked to play at Georgia were the least conductive to his skill set and there's a massive discrepancy between that and what he can do as an attacking hand in the dirt DE. I don't think it's unreasonable to think that had he gone to a team like FSU or Clemson that runs a 4-3 where they let their DE's be aggressive attack upfield, he might be one of the elite prospects in this draft.