NFL Draft: Stamford's James Washington dreams of playing for Cowboys
ABILENE, Texas —
In the run up to next week's Super Bowl, the next crop of NFL hopefuls are gearing up for a big game of their own.
Saturday, one of the last chances to impress NFL scouts before the draft in April is the annual Senior Bowl game in Alabama.
Top seniors declared for the draft, including Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Stamford native James Washington of Oklahoma State will have the opportunity to prove themselves on a national stage in hopes to better their draft stock.
Washington, who won this year’s Biletnikoff award as nation’s best receiver, helped the Stamford Bulldogs to two UIL State titles before becoming a superstar for Oklahoma State.
And as the NFL Draft approaches, James couldn't help but think about what it would be like to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
“Almost be a dream come true for us,” said Washington. “You know, I grew up getting out of church and racing home trying to watch the Cowboys play on Sunday's so it would mean a lot to me.”
Washington knows the line of successful wide receivers from OSU, including Cowboys All-Pro Dez Bryant – a player he’s trying to emulate in the draft process, to better his draft chances.
“I'm here to work hard and show that I have a few traits that Dez had -- being aggressive catching the ball, running through the ball with strong hands, and just being physical with DB's," Washington said.
The NFL Draft will be held in Arlington at AT&T Stadium on April 27th.