2018 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: James Washington
School: Oklahoma State
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 205 lbs.
The Raiders enter the 2018 season looking for a third wide receiver. Another wideout will give opposing defenses more to think about than just Cooper and Crabtree. James Washington does just that. He owns the ability to take the top off a defense at any given time. Furthermore, he will likely become a team’s first or second option at the next level. He could line up on the outside, with Cooper in the slot. Having a second speedy playmaker could open up the offense for the Raiders. Of course, he supplants Seth Roberts.
Washington became the FBS leader in receiving yards last year thanks to his ability to track the ball and haul in inaccurate passes at times. The last three years he tallied at least 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns each season. You do not get those kinds of stats without soft hands.
Throughout his college career, Washington grew into one of the nation’s top deep threats, busting open plays with his legs and vision. After the catch, he never seems to break stride. Washington’s speed will translate well at the next level.
Route Running/Route Tree
Washington never ran run complex or a highly developed route tree in college. In order to grow in the NFL, he must expand his ability to learn. If he can grow his route combinations further, he will succeed. However, as of right now running complex routes are not his forte.
Washington displays excellent body control, making hard catches look easy. He has poise and high points the ball very well. Also, he adjusts on the fly and can make up for inaccurate passes by being light on his feet.
The 2017 Biletnikoff award winner, 2017 All-American is just scratching the surface of his potential. As a result, given the right coaching and system, he can develop into an elite NFL talent. While his game needs minor fine-tuning, that will not stop his ascension. He could sneak into the first round if he shows well at the senior bowl and combine, but will be a day 2 or 3 lock.