Stamford's Washington impresses at NFL Combine
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana —
Former Stamford Bulldog James Washington has stacked up incredible statistics over his four years at Oklahoma State amassing more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
He continued to impress pro football scouts with his performance at this weekend's NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Washington ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, which ranked him as the 23rd fastest among wide receivers at the combine. He also had 14 reps in the 225-pound bench press and showed off a 34.5-inch vertical leap -- both of which put him in the top 20 of receivers.
The 21-year old, who will turn 22 on April 2, had his best showing in the 60-yard shuttle where he placed eighth with a time of 11.56 seconds.
Washington had formal meetings with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos at the combine.
The Biletnikoff Award winner, given to college football's best receiver, is projected as a first or second round draft pick and did not do anything to take away from those chances.
At 5'11" and 213 pounds, Washington is not built like most receivers. His height puts him on the shorter side, yet he continually found a way to separate from Big 12 defensive backs with a career average of 20 yards per catch. But, Washington also believes that being a bulky receiver gives him the ability to overpower smaller defenders.
Washington helped Stamford win two Class A state football championships, and also took home gold in the triple jump and 100 meters at the state track meet his senior year.
He has returned to Stamford in the summers, and worked out with current Bulldog players. Bo Bo Johnson, a KTXS/ATFCU Player of the Week winner, said it was "a blessing" for Washington to give advice to him and some of his teammates.
The NFL Draft runs from April 26-28, and will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.