Washington's athleticism at the combine was far superior than his production at Georgia, where he had a half sack last season. If the Bears can tap into some of his incredible power and explosion, Washington would be a sixth-round steal.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said he thought Washington would be a second-round pick, and categorized his fall to the sixth as the biggest surprise fall of the draft.
In the 40-yard dash, Washington ran a 4.54. Among defensive ends, that ranked tied for third at the combine. Only Barkevious Mingo, the Browns' sixth overall pick and the Bengals' Margus Hunt, the 53rd pick, ran faster. Each had a 4.53. Dion Jordan, who the Dolphins picked third overall, also ran a 4.54.
Every front-seven player at the combine is tested on speed of pass rush moves. In swim-rush right, Washington timed at 1.85. Among linemen, that was the second-best time after Mingo, who had a 1.84.
Washington also had a vertical jump of 39 inches. Only one front-seven player at the combine, Patriots' second-round choice Jamie Collins, did better at 411/2 inches.
Washington bench-pressed 225 pounds 36 times. The only defensive end or linebacker who topped him was Hunt, with 38 reps.
Here's another quirk about Washington's workouts. He didn't run the three-cone drill or the 20-yard shuttle at the combine, wisely as it turned out. He later did both at Georgia's pro day.
His three-cone time of 7.47 would have placed last among defensive ends who ran the drill at the combine, and his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.74 would have been second worst.
So what that tells us is his change of direction ability and stop/start ability are well below average. But he can move forward pretty well.
The combine categorized Washington as a linebacker. But at 6-4, 265, he clearly has the size of a defensive end for a four-man front and was significantly heavier than both Mingo and Jordan. And given what his athletic tests reveal, his only hope in the NFL probably is as a player who moves forward on every play.