Name: James Washington
With the 2018 Senior Bowl approaching and accepted invites rolling in by the day I'll be profiling these players and highlighting a facet of their game that makes them one of the best at their position in their Senior class.
Today we have Oklahoma State Wide Receiver James Washington. If you were to show a picture of Washington to a casual football fan they may mistake him for a running back due to his jersey number, broad shoulders and long legs but Washington has been one of the more prolific wide receivers in college football the past few years. In 2017 he was the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nations best wide receiver, and will be showcasing his skills at the Senior Bowl alongside his fellow teammates QB Mason Rudolph and WR Marcell Ateman.
Washington has torn up Big 12 defenses the past 4 years to the tune of 19.7 yards per catch, which is an insane number when you consider the volume (221 career receptions). Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon, who were both 1st round selections out of Oklahoma State in recent years, averaged 14.1 and 16.1 YPC respectively. At times, the BIG 12 looks like a 7 on 7 passing league but Washington has still shown the athleticism and skill to be a deep threat at the next level.
Take the first play below for instance. It might not look like much but Washington starts with a hard jab, a chop of the defender's arm, then accelerates past the DB and stacks him while he peaks over his shoulder to locate the football and make the leaping grab. NFL DB's will surely play this better but it gives you an idea of what Washington has in his bag of tricks and his stats aren't just built off of blown BIG 12 coverages.
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