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Grading System
KELLEY WASHINGTON
Kelley Washington - WR Position: WR
Class: Underclassman
School: Tennessee
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'2½, 223
40 Time: 4.45
Grade: 4.07

Selected by Cincinnati Bengals
Round 3, pick 1 (65 overall)
BIO: Junior entry coming off serious neck surgery. Started two games last season but played in four finishing with 23 receptions, 443 receiving yards and one score. Started six games in 2001 totaling 64-1,010-5, etching his name in the Tennessee record books with 256 yards receiving on 11 catches during the regular season against LSU. Selected by the Florida Marlins in the 10th round of the June, 1997 baseball draft and played Four-years in the organization. Originally signed with Hofstra out of high school in1997 but chose to play baseball. Injured his neck on a seemingly innocent play against Georgia the second week of October. What first seemed like a concussion ended with two vertebra being fused in his neck.

POSITIVES: Big bodied, athletic receiver who controls the game and at the same time displays the ability to break it wide open. Strong, makes the difficult catch in a crowd and out muscles opponents or defeats them with brute strength. Goes over the middle, shields defenders away with his frame and effective running after the catch. Runs well laterally, makes the grab in stride and extends his hands, grabbing the ball away from his frame. Nicely times or anticipates his receptions, effectively uses the sidelines and displays total body control. Good downfield blocker when he puts his mind to it.

NEGATIVES: Lacks the top end speed or second gear. Waits for the pass to get to him rather than coming back to the ball. Terrible route runner who lacks quickness and sharpness in his breaks.

ANALYSIS: A big campaign into 2002 may have thrust him towards the top of the draft, but a major question mark due to his injury. Given medical clearance to play, but still a risk as a blow to the head could put him on the sidelines permanently. Talented receiver but unrefined and needs to iron out the details of the position. Wait and hope type prospect; see where he gets drafted and hope he never has contact in the surgically repaired area of his neck.

PROJECTION: Late First Round


Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
23 443 19.26 1

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
10 1 10 0

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