Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington is making his way through the interview and try out process with NFL teams and is hoping to jump into the first round of picks made on at the draft. During his four years with the Buckeyes, he amassed 142 total combined tackles (25.0 for loss), 13.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pick 6.
What was supposed to be the cherry on top of his impressive-career sundae, turned into a headache; just weeks ahead of the Fiesta Bowl, Washington was cited for solicitation and was subsequently suspended from his last bowl game as a Buckeye. His career at Ohio State was cut short, but his performance in the Senior Bowl showed scouts he was still a force on the field.
Weight: 301 -- though he said he weighed a little heavier due to water weight from the drug test.
Arms: 34 1/2"
Hands: 9 7/8"
He was very direct during his questioning at the Senior Bowl, the best way to get through all the questions about his off field digressions was to be upfront and honest, take responsibility and prove he learned from it. He carried this mentality with him to Indy for his second chance to meet with teams and scouts.
He opened his media interview with an apology to those he let down, "First off, I just want to apologize to Buckeye Nation, to my teammates, to my family. I made a really dumb, impulsive decision and had to pay the penalty for it. but as of Monday, the case was dismissed so that's what it is."
Washington was asked what he wanted teams to know about him as a person after the incident, to which he replied, "Just to be up front and honest. Like I said, up to this point, I'd never gotten in trouble, never failed a drug test, never did drugs, never did anything. It was just an impulsive decision and I had to pay the price for it."
Almost every Buckeye was asked about the record-setting 14 players invited to participate in this year's combine from Ohio State. The defensive players were also asked if they thought their 2015 defense could be dropped into the NFL and succeed.
Washington replied, "Absolutely. We had the talent. We had the understanding of the game to do that. We could do that." He elaborated on whether that feat was extraordinary, "It's kind of normal for the guys who were used to being around and who played with each other. From the outside, it's kind of extraordinary."
Bench press: 21 reps
40-yard dash: 5.17
Vertical jump: 27''
Broad jump: 99.0''
3 cone drill: 8.06 sec
20-yard shuttle run: 4.79 sec
Washington, even since his citation, has been deemed a possible first round pick. He had a monster showing at the Senior Bowl, and with a slew of positive interviews, is back in the good graces of the men who are determining his future. Experts have lowered their expectations of the lineman going in Round 1, but he shouldn't fall further than the second round of the draft.
One hurdle for the Buckeye is the litany of quality defensive lineman in this year's draft class, with some counting 20-25 players who could at least be in the conversation as a first round prospect. Washington had to stand out among the deepest position group at the Combine, but thinks he can, "There aren't many guys who can play the run and pass-rush or can play multiple positions that's an interior guy. Most of these guys are just run-stoppers. I think that's what sets me apart - my versatility."