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Prospect Profiles: Brandon Washington


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-4, 320, 5.35


National Football Post:

What I like…

– A thick, naturally strong kid with a muscular set of legs and good girth through the base.

– Possesses good length for his size and has the length to consistently gain leverage into contact.

– Has experience at both guard and tackle and offers some versatility to an NFL offensive line.

– Possesses the ability to bend, sink his hips and keep his base/feet under him.

– Showcases natural athleticism for a big man with the range to reach speed off the edge in pass protection and push explosive defenders past the pocket.

– Exhibits natural fluidity in the hips when asked to mirror inside. Displays good balance/coordination with his footwork through contact and can easily push defenders past the play.

– Demonstrates “plus” recovery ability for his size and can quickly make up for a false step, slide laterally and cover the necessary ground.

– Extends his arms well into contact in the pass game and once he gains leverage can sink his hips and anchor with consistency inside.

– Showcases a natural feel picking up blitzing linebackers from the second level and stonewalling them on contact.

– Is a naturally powerful kid who can create a push in-line in the run game through contact once he drops his pad level and starts churning his legs. Has the power to overwhelm.

– Showcases good initial quickness off the snap, is quick footed getting around defenders and sealing on the outside.

– Exhibits a snap through the hips when reaching blocks off his frame and can collapse the pocket down from the backside.

– Is a “plus” athlete on the move, takes good angles into contact, showcases good range and breaks down well in space.

– Can drop his pad level quickly and cut down defenders on contact both at the line of scrimmage and down the field.

– Has a bit of a mean streak, will finish blocks and plays hard through the whistle.

– Has a ton of upside Has never really had a chance to just focus on one position and the skill set is there for him to develop his technique at one spot quickly.

What I don’t like…

– Has never become real natural as a technician at either guard or tackle. Has moved back and forth between the two spots, which stunted his growth a bit.

– In pass protection on the edge, he doesn’t do a great job sitting into his base initially on contact, tends to double over at the waist and will lose his balance and give up leverage because of it.

– Has a tendency to get inconsistent with his footwork laterally. Is more athlete than technician and you will see his footwork get inconsistent, as he gets really overextended at times and too often goes into recovery mode quickly because of it.

– Isn’t a great puncher into contact either, is heavy handed and can stick through contact, but needs to do a better job keeping himself clean at the point with a compact jolt.

– Doesn’t do a great job working in tandem with his center/guard combo at this stage, will blow some assignments and give up penetration because of it.

– Tends to pop upright in the run game after his initial step and then buckle at the waist into contact as an in-line guy.

– Gets most of his push in-line through contact and not initially off the snap, needs to do a better job keeping his pad level down through contact.

Impression: The talent is there for this guy to mature into a guard you can win with consistently inside at the next level. He needs to improve his pad level in the in-line game and tighten up his footwork in all areas. However, with a year of seasoning he certainly should mature into an above-average guard in the NFL with the talent to start at right


Mocking The Draft:

• Is deceptively athletic for a big-bodied offensive lineman. Gets out on the move nicely. Has been used some on pulls.

• Strong as a drive blocker, locking into his block and pushing the defensive lineman around.

• Needs to refine his technique some. Is more of a waist bender than a knee bender. Doesn’t always extend his arms.

• Because of his technique flaws, Washington will sometime give up his leverage.

• Good quickness to get off the snap. Shows quick feet to move around, which is why he may be able to stick as a right tackle. Probably not quite athletic enough to play at left tackle.

• When he’s asked to turn inside to the left, Washington has good enough feet to handle quicker interior linemen.

• Isn’t a player who will be scheme exclusive at the next level.

• Has good size for the position. While he’s a large individual, Washington isn’t simply a big belly guard.


FF Toolbox:

Washington is leaving early for the NFL after his junior year at Miami, but he already has two full seasons as a starter under his belt. After making one start as a freshman in 2009, Washington started all 25 games over his next two campaigns. He was called for just three penalties in all of 2011 while anchoring the offensive line for what was a decent but unspectacular Miami offense. The team allowed only 19 sacks and the offense finished sixth in the ACC in rushing at 145.7 yards per game.

Washington has great size at 6’4” and 320 pounds. The Miami, FL native generally runs around a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.18 from that distance. He has experience at both guard and tackle but is expected to play guard at the next level. Washington is a stellar athlete by guard standards, but he probably is not quick enough to play tackle in the NFL–at least not in protecting the quarterback’s blind side. He sometimes relies too much on athleticism and lacks the tactical fundamentals, oftentimes getting sloppy with his hands. Washington should be a real force in the running game, and he will likely be a second or third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.



None available, as of yet.

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Brandon Washington is a somewhat raw guard who has experience at tackle. Athletic. Needs technique work. Strong, gets a good push in the run game. Has work to do.  Has bounced around on the line a bit at Miami. Clearly needs seasoning. But, has the skill set to become a nice run blocking guard, with starting potential. Middle rounds. Has versatility, and while he’s better suited for guard, can probably backup right tackle, start at left tackle in an absolute pinch. Will benefit from coaching. Not ready to go right away. But, with some seasoning, could find his way as a starter at left guard.




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10 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Brandon Washington”

  1. Kaz says:

    Can you do a profile on Lavonte David the LB from Nebraska? would like to know what you think.

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