Brandon Washington OG Miami FL #72
|Prototypical size and strength. Impressive mobility for a guy who projects as an interior lineman; played left tackle in 2011. Has the skills be an asset when pulling/trapping from guard position. Impressive strength; has the ability to finish off a defender once he’s fully engaged in a block. Quick off the snap in run blocking situations; stays low and does a nice job driving his man back. Does a nice job keeping his head on a swivel in pass protection; shows good awareness and willingness to slide over and help guard when not engaged. Experience at guard and tackle; could be viewed as a right tackle by some teams.|
|Has a tendency to play off-balance and lunge at defenders. Fundamentals are shaky; needs to improve footwork which will, in turn, improve his overall balance. Plays too high at times which limits his effectiveness against the bull rush. Needs to improve his quickness of the snap; spends too much time on his heels as a result of defenders getting into him before he’s set. Has the mobility to get to second level, but needs to improve on the angles he takes; too often he gets to the second level only whiff on a block because he doesn’t put himself in position to make a play.|
|Washington is classic guard/tackle ‘tweener who will probably play inside at the next level, but could be viewed as a right tackle by some organizations. As an interior lineman, his athleticism will be an asset. He has the speed/agility necessary to excel on trapping/pulling plays and has the overall athleticism to handle the more dangerous interior pass rushers at the next level. However, he’s still very raw and makes some basic technical mistakes. As a result, Washington should probably not be viewed as an option as an immediate starter, but does have value as a developmental prospect in the 3rd or 4th round.|
|2011 vs Virginia
2011 vs North Carolina
It’s been a disappointing season for Quinton Coples, who entered the year as the top defensive prospect on many draft boards. Coming off a year in which he had 10 sacks, Coples was expected to take his game to an elite level. Instead, Coples’ stock has plummeted and he may now struggle to sneak into the 1st round.
The most devastating game to Coples’ stock, in my opinion, was his performance against Miami. For much of the game Coples was stonewalled by 6’4″, 320 pound Brandon Washington, Miami’s left tackle who is better suited to play guard at the next level. Coples recorded one sack in the game, but was generally ineffective, showing a lack of athleticism and speed in his pass rush and was a non-factor against the run.
Tonight Coples’ North Carolina Tar Heels take on the 8th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in what will be one of his final opportunities to prove himself.
Coples will likely be matched up primarily against Hokies left tackle Andrew Lanier, a senior who is a fringe prospect at best. Lanier is a decent athlete, but Coples has the size and strength to dominate him in every aspect of the game.
His performance tonight could say a lot about his NFL draft prospects. With his raw ability there is no excuse for not having a strong game against the Hokies, especially considering the fact that the stakes continue to rise the closer we get to the draft.
If Coples is unable to close out the season on a strong note, however, it raises serious concerns about his preparation and he will have plenty of questions to answer this offseason about his mediocre senior campaign.