Parker Washington - WR - Penn State
Welcome to the rookie profile for Parker Washington. Washington looks every part like the classic slot receiver at the NFL level. He has shown his ability as a kick returner too, so could see some work on special teams straight away. Has the raw ability to be a nice contributor on an offense, especially if he can develop his route running ability
Height: 5′ 10″
40-yard dash: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
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Washington was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school, with offers from Wisconsin & Nebraska before opting for Penn State. In his freshman year, he managed to play 9 games and had an effective season with 36 receptions for 489 yards and six TDs. His sophomore season was a step up in more games, receptions and yards, but it ended being his worst for efficiency with 12.8 YPR.
With his first two seasons being played almost exclusively from the slot, he started seeing more play on the outside in 2022, where he managed to have a more efficient season, with 13.3 YPR, but only 2 TDs.
Washington is a great runner with the ball in his hands, with good vision to determine where the gap will be (shown in this kick returning ability). Able to find space on the field to give QBs confidence to throw him the ball, and has good hands. Happy to catch the ball in traffic too, and compete for balls in the air. If the ball is near him, he is likely to be able to catch and make a play.
Doesn’t have the top-end speed to really punish defenses once he breaks free. Hasn’t really seen heavy usage in college, with limited work. His route running isn’t also as sharp as it could be, with his footwork sometimes being an issue when trying to change direction.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 3/ 4
Washington is going to operate as a slot receiver in the NFL, so would need to land on a team that has a scheme to fit. Hitting him short on routes would allow him to get the ball in his hands and use his ability to make defenders miss and find a gap to rack up YAC, as he did in college. Likely to see some play on special teams too early in his career.
Post Draft Analysis
Jacksonville Jaguars – Round 6, Pick 8
Jacksonville isn’t the best spot for Washington to have landed on, with the Jaguars having veteran receiver Christina Kirk operating out of the slot. The offense overall looks like its really taken a step forward last season.
There are a number of mouths to feed in the offense here, with the return of Calvin Ridley to the NFL to mix in with the effective duo of Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. Despite that, Washington could be the next man up in the offense which could give him some sneaky value later in the season. As a dynasty asset, he is likely to be a taxi squad stash while we see how the contract situation pans out in the WR room.
For redraft, he has talent and could make some big plays and steal some headlines. If I saw an uptick in snap count I’d take a waiver wire option on him during the season. Don’t draft him at the moment though