NFL Draft: Stamford's James Washington drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2nd round
STAMFORD, Texas —
Former Stamford and Oklahoma State standout James Washington is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Washington, the 2017 Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the best wide receiver in college football, was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 28th pick in the 2nd round (60th overall pick) of the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington on Friday night.
Washington achieved many astonishing feats while he played on the Stamford High School Bulldogs' varsity football team from 2011 to 2013.
In the 43 games he played over three seasons, Washington was a guaranteed playmaker every time he stepped on the football field, recording 185 receptions, 3,122 receiving yards, 4,738 all-purpose yards, 61 total touchdowns, 429 points scored, 87 total tackles and 10 interceptions while playing multiple positions on the field. He primarily served as a wide receiver on offense and as a cornerback on defense. Washington made it to the UIL Conference 1A Division 1 State Championship Game every year he played on Stamford's varsity football team, winning the state title during his junior and senior seasons. While attending Stamford High School, Washington also played basketball, tennis and ran track. During his senior year of high school, Washington won the state championship in triple jump and the 100-meter dash.
Washington committed to play college football at Oklahoma State University in July of 2013 after receiving interest from other schools' football programs, which included Texas, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Baylor and Texas State.
While at Oklahoma State, Washington settled on playing as a wide receiver and continued to put up outstanding numbers throughout his college football career. During his four-year stint in Stillwater, Washington made 226 receptions, accumulated 4,472 receiving yards and scored 39 receiving touchdowns in 52 games. In his last three seasons at Oklahoma State, Washington recorded over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in each of those years. Washington's senior season at Oklahoma State turned out to be his finest year in college football, recording 74 receptions, 1,549 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns in 13 games on his way to winning the 2017 Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the best wide receiver in all of college football. He was named a unanimous All-American and was named first-team all-conference in the Big 12 Conference. Washington was also named first-team All-Big 12 in 2016 and second-team All-Big 12 in 2015. In addition to those honors, Washington's Oklahoma State won the 2015 TicketCity Cactus Bowl, the December 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl and the 2017 Camping World Bowl. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the December 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl.
After finishing up his college football career at Oklahoma State, where he majored in agribusiness as a student, Washington entered the 2018 NFL Draft as a strong prospect at wide receiver. During his pro day on March 15 in Stamford, James Washington recorded a 4.54 second 40-yard dash, bench pressed for 14 reps, had a 34.5 inch vertical jump and ran a 11.56 second 60-yard shuttle.
James Washington, who is 5 feet and 11 inches tall, has been described by draft scouts as being built like a running back and having the ability to separate himself from defensive players. Drafts scouts compared Washington to former Baylor and current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman.