Georgia TE Darnell Washington named biggest winner after NFL combine performance

Georgia tight end Darnell Washington had a stellar week at the NFL combine.

Standing 6 feet, 6 inches and 264 pounds, Washington’s 83.75-inch wingspan is the largest ever for a tight end at the combine. Additionally, his 11-inch hands are the second-largest ever for a tight end at the combine.

The former five-star prospect clocked a 4.64 40-yard dash (sixth among tight ends) with a 4.08 20-yard shuttle (first).

ESPN’s Jordan Reid named Washington as one of the biggest risers following the workouts in Indianapolis last week.

“The massive tight end prospect measured 6-foot-6 and 264 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds. That is a terrific number for him considering speed was one of the biggest questions around his evaluation. An experienced blocker, Washington has been used as in-line talent, but he also is an underrated pass-catcher. And Washington looked smooth going through the gauntlet drill. With his polish as a run-blocker and with steady improvement as a pass-catcher, it’s hard to see him making it out of the top 50. Washington has a unique build and versatility, so he should be an instant contributor in the NFL.”

Washington caught 28 passes for 454 yards (16.2 average) and two touchdowns in 2022.

Even though he’s been labeled primarily as a blocker, Washington’s catching ability was on stage at the combine and he didn’t disappoint.

The draft takes place April 27-29.

Story originally appeared on UGA Wire