Scouting Report: Daryl Washington
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Ideal fit at weak side linebacker in a 4-3 defense. At his best when he’s able to run around and make plays. Moved around a bit on TCU’s defense, lining up at outside and middle linebacker. Excellent in coverage. Very athletic. Can run with most tight ends and backs. Flies to the ball once he diagnoses the play. Good hand usage. Not afraid of contact. Reliable tackler. Reads the eyes of the quarterback well while in zone coverage. Does a very good job identifying screen passes and misdirection plays. Good pursuit angles and great closing speed. Plays under control. Excellent special teams player who has blocked multiple punts in his career.
Was frequently outmatched when asked to play middle linebacker. Doesn’t hold up against strong blockers. Reliable tackler, but not a thumper. Can take some false steps and will sometimes get washed out of the play when caught in traffic. Doesn’t have ideal size or strength for the position. Needs to further his game in run support.
Washington has a lot to work with as a weak side linebacker. He’s very athletic and loves to run around the field and make plays. Very effective in coverage and seems very fluid while changing directions. Washington might never be a guy that is known for big hits, leading the league in tackles, his blitzing skills or making a lot of big plays but he’ll have a very nice, and probably long, NFL career ahead of him. Washington is a hard worker with no off-field issues and is willing to do what is needed to take his game to the next level. He’ll be an ideal fit for a team looking for a weak side outside linebacker for their 4-3 defense, and while he has the speed and athleticism to play inside in a 3-4 defense, he needs to get stronger at the point of attack to fully make that transition.
Two year starter at TCU.
Awards and Honors
2009: Butkus Award semi-finalist.
Communications major at TCU.
Missed Texas Bowl in 2007 due to unknown injury.
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