The Chicago Bears have added depth along the defensive line by selecting Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Washington was steadily rising at Georgia but a DUI his junior year, which resulted in a two-game suspension, derailed his campaign. He still managed five sacks and was considered a potential first-round draft pick heading into the 2012 season. Yet he managed just 0.5 sacks last year and tumbled down draft boards.
Yet Washington's lack of production was likely due to him being miscast as a down lineman in a 3-4 scheme. He was used as a space eater instead of a pass rusher, thus his drop in production.
At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Washington put on a show and was a top performer in every drill. He ran a 4.55 40-yard dash and posted 36 reps in the bench press. Despite his extreme athleticism, his down senior season plus the off-field incident led to his fall in the draft. But, as theh 188th selection in the draft, he is too talented for the Bears to pass up.
Washington will get an opportunity to compete with Shea McClellin, Turk McBride and Cheta Ozougwu for Chicago's final defensive end roster spots.
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