Cornelius Washington   LB/DE   Georgia

TALENT BOARD ROUND  3

 

STRENGTHS

Cornelius has the size and athletic talent to play more than one position on the defensive front for the team that drafts him.  He has the size to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense and the skills and agility to play OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense.  Cornelius has the long arms and legs that all teams are looking for in a potential pass rusher and has an excellent burst to the ball and play when he gets off the line and uses good techniques to make a play.  He gives good effort on most plays and is a solid tackler.  He shows on film the ability to cause a lot of problems when getting into the backfield and is very good at running down screens to his side of the field. Cornelius will track you down and makes plays from behind.  He has the change of direction ability to flush out and sack quarterbacks, both in and out of the pocket.  Cornelius has a lot of talent and the potential (if he wants) to become an impact player for the team that drafts him. 

 

CONCERNS

There is a lack of maturity in his play on the field and a lack of consistency.  He struggles to use the correct techniques to stop running plays consistently but when he does, he does a good job.  He doesnít use his long legs to explode off the line of scrimmage consistently, but when he does, he shows excellent potential to get double digit sacks at the next level.  I could go on, but I think you get the picture.  The talent and techniques are there, but the consistency and mental toughness seem to be missing.  

 

BOTTOM LINE

You have to wonder with the size-speed ratio, athletic agility and skills why Cornelius isnít being considered as a top play in this draft.  He should be further along in his consistency and play on the field than he is and that speaks to a potential lack of work ethic.  Then again, maybe he went to class and studiedÖI donít think so!  Or maybe he just is skating by on his athletic talentÖ.yes, I think so.  I did a search and did not come up with anything that would make you think he is a successful academic athlete, but then again, I do not have all the information.  All I can tell you is that Cornelius is inconsistent on the field.  His lack of intangibles do not match up with his excellent talent and when that happens you have to wonder if you can trust that, after you give him a million dollars, he show up every year of his contract.  If he does, he could be as good as Carlos Dunlap who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.  When Carlos is healthy, he is a presence to be reckoned with on the field (see THR Archives for profile).  If Cornelius decides to work at his craft, he can, and will, become an impact player.  So far that hasnít happened.

  

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Apr/2013