2023 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about DARNELL WASHINGTON:
Georgia | H: 6065 W: 264 40: 4.64 A: 3438 H: 1100 W: 8334
Junior entry, three-year starter, Las Vegas, NV. Second team All-SEC in 2022. Has rare, standout physical traits. His size is off the charts from all angles. Also grades well above average as a straight-line mover. The long strides and aggressive nature make him a handful and a half to try and bring down after the catch. Creates tremendous force as a blocker and could come across as a sixth lineman. Shows advanced tactics when it comes to getting to the ball with defenders draped all over him. His short-area game may not be the flashiest, but the rare size/speed combination and bully-style approach he brings to the table can be a dangerous and versatile weapon at the next level from the Y tight end spot. As tall, as long, and as densely built as it gets for the position. Overwhelming size that is used in ideal fashion for his game. Can blanket pass defenders when the ball comes their way in classic box-out fashion. Enormous radius puts less pressure on the quarterback to place the ball perfectly. Tremendous downhill force with the ball in his hands will break tackle attempts, fall forward, and make defenders think twice about going after him. Overwhelming presence as a blocker, both inline and in space against second/third level defenders. Explosive, massive hands violently jolt his man. Does not have sudden twitch in tight areas which labors his routes underneath. Momentum is hard to break. Rounded routes and can be slow to get head around. Inconsistent hands and ball skills. Was never the main guy at tight end for Georgia and rarely played a full slate of snaps. Brings a high ceiling/low floor label into the league because while he has such a rare blend of tools, there is a lack of fluidity to his game and he simply did not get enough snaps in college to firm up who he really is as a football player.
2022 Stats: 28-454, 2 TD. OSR:5/15. 1st/2nd round.