Scouting Report: Daryl Washington

Written by Will Spencer on April 19, 2010

Daryl Washington

Position: OLB School: TCU
Height: 6’1 3/4 Weight: 230 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.63

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

1st-2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7.5
Potential 10 9

Linebacker Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 6
Coverage 8 7
Pass Rushing 8 5.5
Tackling 8 6.5
Instincts 8 6.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


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.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


Communications major at TCU.


Missed Texas Bowl in 2007 due to unknown injury.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 109 68 41 2 0 3 1
2008 63 41 22 3 0 1 0
2007 32 25 7 0 0 0 0
2006 15 13 2 0 1 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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