Patrick Peterson, a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, recently voiced his enthusiasm for his team’s drafting picks.
Peterson, a veteran of the NFL and a former LSU Tiger, was ecstatic about hiring Darnell Washington, a former Georgia tight end.
Washington, who is 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, was selected by the Steelers as the 93rd overall choice in the third round despite being rated 38th in Mel Kiper’s pre-draft prospect rankings.
Washington, in Peterson’s opinion, was the “steal of the draught” and has the potential to play a significant role on the offensive line for the Steelers.
One of the reasons the Steelers leaped at the opportunity to add Washington to their offense is his skill at blocking. Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Steelers, commended Washington’s mentality:
Washington may not have the best rookie season, but by virtue of his height and athleticism, he should have a significant impact. Although he is a blocker, Georgia supporters know he can catch anything thrown his way and gain yards after the catch. According to FanDuel, his chances for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year are +10,000.
Washington, a former five-star recruit from Las Vegas, Nevada, comes to Georgia as a part of the 2020 class. He was rated as the No. 23 player when he graduated high school.
He ran a 4.64 40-yard sprint, placing him sixth among tight ends, and a 4.08 20-yard shuttle, placing him first. Washington recorded a 31-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 10 feet 2 inches. His 83.75-inch wingspan at the combine is the biggest ever recorded for a tight end. He also has the second-largest hands for a tight end, measuring 11 inches at the combine.
For 454 yards (16.2 average) and two touchdowns in 2022, Washington caught 28 passes.