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New Orleans Saints Draft Profile: WR James Washington

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You know how Sean Payton loves drafting him some offense.

NCAA Football: Camping World Bowl-Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Meredith has officially joined your New Orleans Saints, but as of today, the Saints still lack a viable 4th WR unless or until Willie Snead officially returns to the Saints to join Meredith, Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. If the Saints look to find a WR in the 2018 NFL Draft, one option is dynamic WR James Washington out of Oklahoma State

NCAA Football: Kansas at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 212 lbs
  • Arms: 32 3/8”
  • Hands: 9 3/4”
  • Bench Press: 14
  • 40 yard: 4.54 secs
  • Vertical: 34.5”
  • Broad: 120”

Analysis:

(per NFL.com)

Washington is a top-heavy receiver with dangerous build-up speed who has a three year history of hitting chunk plays thanks to his speed and ball tracking. Washington is more gradual than sudden with check marks in the vertical categories but minuses in categories like route running and hands. Washington has the potential to compete as a WR2 for a team looking to stretch the field. His limitations and dependence upon his quarterback’s deep ball accuracy makes the chasm between his ceiling and floor a little wider.

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Bottom line:

(per Pro Football Focus draft guide)

Washington has been one of the nation’s most efficient deep receivers over the last three years as he showed the ability to run away from cornerbacks and he’s continued to improve his game in contested situations. His speed plays well on the field, especially his ability to maintain it in and out of his cuts, and he answered questions about facing press coverage with a dominant Senior Bowl. Washington should be in the mix to be one of the top WRs off the board.

Poll

Would James Washington be a good pick on Day 2?

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  • 57%
    Absolutely - his big play ability would be great
    (174 votes)
  • 42%
    No - we still can’t afford a pick that high on offense
    (128 votes)
302 votes total Vote Now