RB DeAndre Washington, 2016 draft class
Strong, compact build... non-stop leg churn through the line... impressive shake-n-bake elusiveness... surprising power... breaks tackles... smart, heady runner... stays behind blocks... makes sound reads and hit the holes with energy... explosive burst... equally effective off the tackles or between them... one-cut-n-go... rarely ends with negative yards... good RB vision... anticipates the next move to make em miss... carries the ball high-n-tight... gets small through the line... not big at 200 pounds but avoids big hits with shifty shoulder action... will lower the pads and has powerful leg-drive... high-energy athlete... excellent pass-catcher... blocking needs cleaning up but has the aggressive mentality to get it done... excellent footwork and balance... though estimated 40 is 4.5, runs with a getaway game gear... 2nd level elusiveness is dangerous and explosive... burns lots of energy with shifty, lateral moves but always gains yards in doing so... not much room to add size, should play about the size he currently is... full-feature RB headed for a pro career.FANTASY BREAKDOWN:
DeAndre Washington is a very impressive back. The Red Raiders runs with power, speed and vision. He catches the ball extremely well, runs his routes with precision (though his tree could expand some) and is a breakaway threat once in the 2nd level. He's not terribly big at 5'8-200, but Washington runs bigger, gets to speed in a hurry and is tough to tackle. This is a TOUCH-15 talent from day-1.
The Straight Talk: What's not to like with this 2016 NFL prospect? He's solidly built, brings a loaded RB-toolbox to the field and though he has 5 seasons of college football in the books his carry totals broke 200 just once. Washington brings experienced but fresh legs to the pro game. He may need a half-season to gear up for NFL level competition, coming from a spread-styled offense, but the ability and natural RB vision is there to make hay in 2016.
Player comparison: Doug Martin
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