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The Chiefs Select Ohio St. CB Donald Washington in the Fourth Round

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With the 102nd pick and the second pick of the fourth round, the Kansas City Chiefs have selected Ohio St. CB Donald Washington.

The 13th overall cornerback according to NFL Draft Scout, the selection of Washington follows the 2008 selections of CBs Brandon Flowers (2nd round) and Brandon Carr (5th round). Washington started opposite Malcolm Jenkins, who was drafted 14th overall this year by the Saints.

Here's more on Washington from NFL Draft Scout:

In a perfect world, Washington would be the featured player on the Buckeyes' defensive unit in 2009 rather than vying for a roster spot in the National Football League. Regarded as one of the best pure athletes ever recruited by coach Jim Tressel, off-field issues and problems with the coaching staff, along with inconsistent play, prevented the talented athlete from realizing his potential.

Washington greatly improved his draft outlook with a sensational performance at the NFL Combine and in post-combine workouts. His 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump, 45-inch vertical jump and 6.84 three-cone drills certainly opened the eyes of league personnel in attendance during those performances.
Yet, his career never matched his athletic talent. There were flashes of brilliance, including 100 yards gained on three fumble recoveries and 104 yards gained on two interception returns. But in 37 games that included 24 starts, his great leaping ability was rarely on display, as he managed to deflect just four passes.

It appears that Washington is a man in need of polishing his skills, more of a raw talent than a complete football player.

Interesting pick by Pioli and Haley, considering I'd say cornerback is one of this team's few strengths.

Here's some more on Washington:

Positives: Good height and build for the position. ... Legitimate NFL athlete. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Low backpedal and smooth transition to run with receivers. ... A bit choppy out of his breaks, but accelerates quickly. ... Closes on the ball quickly. ... Flashes the ability to pop the defender and is generally a reliable wrap-up tackler. ... Good vision. ... Reads the field well with the ball in his hands and has averaged 40.8 yards on his five turnover returns, including one 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. ... Straight-line speed and vision as a runner could translate well as a kick returner.

Negatives: Enters the NFL as a better raw athlete than football player. ... Relies on his athleticism. ... Gives receivers a big cushion and seems content with making the tackle rather than going for the interception. ... Too often allows passes into his chest and lacks natural hands for the interception. ... Plays with bit of a cover corner mentality and doesn't get very involved in run support. ... Finished the 2008 season with only five assisted tackles. ... Suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season due to a violation of team rules.

His suspension for a violation of team rules runs contrary to the high character reports of the Chiefs' first two picks, Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee.

Welcome Donald Washington!


  • Round 1, Pick 3 (3) - DE Tyson Jackson LSU
  • Round 2, #34 traded to New England Patriots in exchange for QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel
  • Round 3, Pick 3 (67) - DT Alex Magee, Purdue
  • Round 4, Pick 2 (102) CB Donald Washington, Ohio St.
  • Round 5, Pick 3 (139)
  • Round 6, Pick 2 (175)
  • Round 7, Pick 3 (212)
  • Round 7, Pick 47 (256)

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