Long and lanky wide receivers are seemingly a dime a dozen in the NFL these days, but the Giants’ Corey Washington hopes to emerge from the crowded throng of ordinary. Washington, who the Giants claimed off waivers from Arizona this offseason, was a standout receiver for Division II Newberry College nine short months ago. Indeed, I’m referring to the Newberry of “co-educational and private liberal-arts” fame. Just your run of the mill football factory.
Since coming aboard in late May, Washington has done nothing but drop the jaws of Giants coaches and training camp observers. His 73-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game now has the scouting community taking notice:
“Really excited to see the Washington’s on Saturday, Tony Washington from App State and Corey Washington from Newberry at the wide receiver position. Those guys really stood out this week,” said ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Hearing the name “McShay” immediately got me pondering size/athleticism comps for the suddenly cult status Washington. Upon extensive research on the matter, here’s what I’ve come up with:
Oversized Wide Receiver Comparison
|Corey Washington||6’4||214 lbs.||4.50||33 inches||10’05”|
|Michael Jenkins||6’4||215 lbs.||4.40||34 inches||10’06”|
|Dwayne Jarrett||6’4||219 lbs.||4.62||36 ½ inches||10’01”|
|Kris Durham||6’5||216 lbs.||4.46||36 inches||10’01”|
Collegiate Statistical Comparison
|Michael Jenkins||Ohio St.||Junior||55||834||15.2||7|
What does it all mean?
All four of these wide receivers are large human beings with impressive agility, but all lack the coveted trait of EXPLOSIVENESS. Jenkins churned out a workmanlike career as a possession target, catching 354 balls at 12.5 per in nine seasons. Jarrett, a second round pick by Carolina in 2007, flamed out of the league quickly. He never made the attitude adjustment and started only three games in four NFL seasons. A 4th round choice by Seattle in 2011, Kris Durham has opened new career doors running routes for his former college quarterback Matthew Stafford. He caught 38 passes last season, albeit on 85 targets, in a prominent role likely beyond his means.
Bright and early in his professional career, Corey Washington has flashed as more of a vertical threat than the above options. However, Washington has yet to play an NFL game against legitimate competition. The cornerback he abused from Buffalo, Michael Carter, is a roster longshot UDFA. Washington has impressed, but we’re still very much in the experimental phase here.
Would the Giants take Jenkins-like production from their newfound WR sensation? You better believe it.
Please understand, this article was meant to be a surface level analysis only… for kicks. Most football attributes and underlying factors for success are not taken into account.