- 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."
Run Blocking: Brandon Washington excels on the move and has excellent range in the run game. He can get out and pull and does an excellent job breaking down in space. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t show much burst off the snap. He’s athletic enough that you expect him to win off the ball. He pops straight up too often and another area where he needs work from a technical standpoint.
Technique: Washington is a work in progress from the technical side. He has a tendency to rely too much on his athleticism and miss on hand placement and with his footwork. He gets overextended off the edge and crosses his feet too often. Raw but the upside is there to get better in this area.
Athleticism/Strength: Washington is a solid athlete with a strong base. He is an excellent move blocker that will only get better with experience. He’s naturally strong with a thick lower body.
Bottom Line: Brandon Washington’s tape is up and down. At times he looks overmatched but the upside may be worth the risk on this one. After he resolves some problems with technique and locks in one position to learn he should be a solid pick up. He’s probably not ready to start day one but could be a starter a year or two down the road.
Draft Projection: 2."
Washington was arguably the best player on the field in Miami's 31-3 win over Pittsburgh last season. He graded out at 99 percent for the game, the best performance by any Hurricanes lineman on the season. He was second on the team last season with 56 pancake blocks, which shows his value as a run blocker.
Games Viewed: (All 2010) Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame
Bold Statement: Washington will develop this season into one of the nation's best offensive linemen. As a prospect he may never be a top-tier player, but will be a good player at the next level.
• 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."
Not as effective, though, when asked to pull and make a block on the move; solid pass protector with a wide base, although technique could be polished; plays with a bit of an attitude."