Continuing our YDCFF ongoing series of scouting reports, I am moving on to a wide receiver prospect. L’damian Washington has the prototypical height, length and blazing speed to be a deep threat at the next level. He is a smart kid and completed his psychology degree in four years.
As far as I am concerned, the Dallas Cowboys are in pretty good shape in the WR department, but with it looking like Miles Austin will be a June 1 cut, combined with the fact that Dez Bryant is in a contract year, adding some depth wont hurt. The Cowboys need a primarily defensive draft and at least one guard. To use an early to mid round pick on a WR would be foolish. The Cowboys have three 7th round picks, so it makes sense to use one on a developmental WR.
Height | Weight: 6-4Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 205
40 time: 4.39
Grade: 72 | Round: 7
Official Mizzou Team Bio
2013 OUTLOOK: Explosive wideout with big-play ability who will look to bring that longball threat to the Tiger offense for one last season … Opens camp lined up at the Z-receiver position, where he is listed at No. 1 on the depth chart … Started all 12 games a year ago, with six starts coming at the Z-receiver spot, and the final six coming at the X-receiver position … Enters the season with 50 career catches for 842 yards and 5 touchdowns, and needs just 158 more yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark.
2012 SEASON: Started all 12 games and contributed with 25 receptions for 443 yards and two touchdowns … His yardage total was second-most on the team, as was his per-catch average of 17.7 yards … Showed big-play ability by getting free for touchdowns of 74 yards at Texas A&M and 69 yards against Georgia … Earned his first career start against SELA to open the season … Caught two passes against Georgia, highlighted by a 69-yard strike from James Franklin … At the time, the completion was the longest for the Tigers since 2009 .. Caught three passes for 34 yards in the Arizona State game … Hauled in two passes for 19 yards against Central Florida … Earned a start against Vanderbilt but did not catch a pass … Led the Tigers with four catches for 72 yards, including a long of 29 yards against Alabama … Had one catch for seven yards in the Tigers’ 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky … Posted two catches for 23 yards, including a long of 14 yards in the Tigers’ 14-7 loss at Florida … Made a season-high five receptions against Syracuse for 76 yards.
L’damian Washington wont impress any stat enthusiasts, but his QB didn’t help him much at all. To his credit, there were numerous times that I saw him wide open and the QB couldn’t put the ball in the basket. As a matter of fact, despite his height, long arms and elite vertical leaping ability, the ball was thrown over his head or wide too many times, or he was lead too far. Other times it was under thrown.
- Film Study
- L’damian Washington has good height, length and elite speed… He is explosive off of the line…. Can line up as the X or the Z… Has the burst to get separation… He is a smart kid and understands the offense… Has good change of direction skills… Good sideline awareness… Controls his feet well… Good balance and concentration… Tracks the ball well… shows the ability to go up and snatch the football in jump ball situations…. Good red zone threat…Ã‚Â Has a high football IQ and good work ethic… High character player… Good locker room guy… Strong willingness to learn and improve his craft…
- L’damian Washington has soft hands, but catches the ball with his body too often… Runs a limited route tree… Is not a polished route runner and rounds them off too often… He needs to do a better job of coming back for the football on comeback and hitch routes… Struggles reading the hots… Will need to beef up his wiry frame… Needs to be more physical and fight for the football at times… Will need to get stronger to compete with the physical press corners at the next level… He is a willing blocker, but doesn’t have the strength to do so efficiently at the next level and will need to improve his technique… L’damian Washington has the athletic ability, smarts, and elite speed required to develop in to a starting WR at the next level, but at this point he is a project…