2013 NFL Draft: Bears Select DE Cornelius Washington With 188th Overall Pick

Kevin C. Cox

The Bears spent their sixth-round pick on defensive end Cornelius Washington.

The Bears spent the 188th overall pick on defensive end Cornelius Washington from Georgia.

Defensive end is somewhat of a need; Israel Idonije may not be returning as a Bear and Julius Peppers is starting to hit the downhill portion of his career.

Here's his NFL.com profile and what he brings to the Bears:

STRENGTHS Tall, versatile defender who flashes excellent get-off to challenge tackles as a pass rusher with his hand on the ground or standing up. Possesses great length, which he uses to powerfully extend into blockers and to wrap up a leg on a ballcarrier running away from him. Flashes hands to rip off blocks from overextending tackles and tight ends, as well as the quickness to shoot inside to penetrate the B-gap to disrupt plays. Makes a big hit when head-up on the ball, and can use his long, strong arms to create turnovers.

Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country, SB Nation's Jaguars site, did a profile of Washington as well:

Washington was able to play with his hand on the ground as a 4-3 defensive end at the Senior Bowl and it played more to his strengths than playing the five-technique and outside linebacker like he did his senior season at Georgia. It allowed Washington to show off his get-off spend and ability to get around the edge, like he does in the very first play of the video above. It's part of the reason I used a 2011 video, because Georgia uses him more to his strengths rather than using him as another player to free up rushing space for linebacker Jarvis Jones.

And here's the CBS profile.

STRENGTHS: Prototypical sack-artist frame, with lean, muscular tone and long arms. Exhibits a decent first step when asked to rush from a stand-up. Flashes some flexibility to flatten when he does reach the edge, and shows the ability to swim back to the inside with good use of hands. Decent lateral quickness for his size.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks consistent get off, and first-step explosiveness. Comes off the line too high and is often stopped in his tracks by bigger, more powerful linemen. Doesn't use his hands or arm length well on contact and too often allows blocker into his frame. Unable to generate consistent push or leverage on bull-rush attempts, and lacks natural power in his lower half.

At this point, it's a player that fell down the draft boards and found his way to a team after all. And honestly, I can't dislike the pick. He brings good depth and pass-rushing behind Peppers, Wootton and McClellin.

Make sure to vote below the video to grade this pick.

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