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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Ar’Darius Washington

Positional ranking: #1

Big Board ranking: #41



Position: S

College: TCU

Class: Sophomore (RS)

Age: 21



Height: 5’8”

Weight: 178 lbs.

Arm length: N/A

Hand size: N/A


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.61 sec.

Vertical jump: 37.5″

Broad jump: 127.0″

Bench press: 17 reps

3-cone drill: 7.06 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.10 sec.



Extremely instinctive. Plays a lot bigger than his size. Very aggressive overall player. Plus athleticism. Great acceleration and quickness. Tremendous pursuit against the run. Top-tier play recognition. Bullets to the action. Extremely reliable tackler. Will wrap up or go low to effectively chop ball-carriers down. Breaks down in space. Consistently takes down bigger players. Exceptional reaction time. Has shown the ability to be a great zone defender. Able to read the quarterback’s eyes and break on the ball. Skillset should allow him to improve in man coverage when dropping into the slot. Very good ball skills and aggressive attacking it in the air. High intelligence and communicates pre-snap. Should set the tone based on how hard he plays.



Very much on the small side in terms of height/weight. Long speed and range is average. Will sometimes have his eyes in the backfield in coverage and can allow receivers to get behind him. Needs to be more disciplined overall to create consistency in coverage. Can get absorbed by blockers.


NFL comparison

Tyrann Mathieu



Overall, Washington is a very instinctive safety that will bring aggressiveness and heart to an NFL defense. If he is able to play with more consistent discipline in coverage, Washington can develop into an impact player versus both the run and pass.


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