Route Running -Experienced middle of the field receiver who has effective release into the secondary. Would like to see some added variety on his vertical route stems as a means of producing false steps in the secondary. Smooth feet at the top of hard breaks to snap quickly.
Hands -Has let a handful of passes slip through the cracks, concentration appears to be the culprit as he has flashed soft hands in traffic. Does well to extend for the football and appears comfortable extending out away from his frame.
Versatility -Has notable receiving upside relative to his production courtesy of poor offense. Athletic mismatch who has ability to press hard up the field vertically and separate from linebackers in coverage. Can be an asset immediately as a blocker.
Contested Catch Ability -Big frame serves well in traffic to absorb blows and bring in receptions. Has found success as a box-out receiver in the middle of the field to shield the ball and convert targets. Would like to see more physicality at the top of stems to avoid high contested frequency.
Run After Catch Ability -Hasn't had many opportunities to open up his strides but figures to be able to pull away in the open field, if given clean targets up the seam. Isn't especially creative in the open field but does have the size and athleticism to break off gains as opportunities allow.
Power At POA -Creates movement from an in-line position with wonderful consistency. Latches onto ends and linebackers alike and is capable of taking defenders for a ride. Runs the feet and mirrors very well to stay sticky and extend blocks.
Competitive Toughness -Offers consistency on the edge. Looks for added work as a blocker and will work into spaces to help teammates. Physically stout, impressive functional strength to dictate reps to front seven defenders in the box.
Flexibility -Shows good mobility through the hips and torso to hinge and slide feet while engaged with a defender. Has little issue opening the hips to work across the face and seal. Has ability to rotate and work back to greet the football on over the shoulder catches.
Balance -Foot quickness and lower body mobility are strong qualities that allow for adjustments on the move and sustained framing of blocks. Recovery step is sudden and allows for effective mirror when hands are locked on a shedding defender.
Football Intelligence -Has been an accomplished blocker throughout two years with the program, thanks to strong sense of body positioning and understanding of angles to ensure a contested rep. Needs development on route running to maximize athletic gifts.
BEST TRAIT - Power at POA
WORST TRAIT - Hands
BEST FILM - Ohio State (2018)
WORST FILM - Ohio State (2017)
RED FLAGS - 2018 offseason shoulder surgery. 2018 INJ (missed 6 games)
Jerome Washington is a promising prospect who has battled through injuries in his two seasons with the Rutgers program, durability is a looming question and medicals will have a large influence on his status. On the field, Washington projects as a TE2 in the immediate time frame thanks to his gifts as a blocker. There is developmental upside and athleticism to become a long term starter under a patient staff.