So Corny, Oh Oh So Corny: Cornelius Washington Shines at NFL Combine
Cornelius Washington turned heads in a breakout game in 2011 against Mississippi State. He registered two sacks in that game and followed it up with a disappointing DUI arrest that same evening. The rest of his career at Georgia was relatively quite.
Now Washington is making a name for himself at the NFL Combine. He’s listed as an outside linebacker, but at 6-4, 265 lbs. he may settle as a defensive end. But the position of his draft stock is undeniable: it’s rising.
Washington threw up an impressive 36 reps on the 225-lb bench press test on Sunday. No other linebacker had more than 29. For what it’s worth only three defensive linemen put up higher totals – none higher than 38.
Then yesterday he turned heads with a 4.55 second forty-yard dash. Only one linebacker was faster (Zavier Gooden) and he weighs 30 pounds less than Washington. By comparison, freakishly athletic Alec Ogletree only ran a 4.70. Manti Te’o ran in the 4.8 range.
Washington was believed to have impressed at the Senior Bowl and Phil Savage (the game’s director) offered the following:
With one assignment in mind — to get upfield and create pressure on the QB — he accomplished his goal by showing initial quickness, strength and effort. He took the fight to his opponents by screaming off the edge and attacking with his hands. There is no doubt that the 4-3 teams will go back and give him another look after this performance. … Cornelius elevated his stock from late-round flyer to legitimate mid-round candidate.
With such an impressive combine and a “new” position, you have to think Washington could sneak into the first three rounds.
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