The Bills third round pick has a police record.
In Buffalo, that means he’ll fit right in.
Adolphus Washington was busted in a police sting for attempting to solicit a prostitute in early December.
He responded to an online ad, posted by police, and handed an undercover officer $100 for services.
Washington pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in January, went to a rehab program called “John school”.
As a result, in February, the charges were dropped. However, he was suspended from Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl game last season.
“He admitted it, he owned up to it, he didn’t make any excuses and he knew why it was wrong and why he shouldn’t have done it,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said. “He has a plan in place and he has a support system that we felt comfortable with and we were again, well aware of everything. We did the research and figured that this guy’s a guy with the support system we’ve had around in this building and the guys that we brought in, to know that he’ll be surrounded by some guys to lead him in the right way.”
Washington is a 300-pounder who can play end or nose, but most likely will be slotted into one of the outside down linemen positions in Buffalo’s base 3-4 defense.
He’s quick an agile for his size and can get to the passer. Washington can get pushed around a bit and needs to add strength in his lower body.
“He’s going to come in and compete to start, for sure,” Whaley said. “If you look at it, we got some holes and we got some guys that need to be pushed or asked to push other people, and that’s what we’re getting this collection of guys to do, and Adolphus is going to be one of those guys. Throw him in there and see who wins the job.”
It’s a quick defensive makeover for the Bills, who added a down lineman (Washington), a rush/edge player (Shaq Lawson) and a runs stopping inside backer (Reggie Ragland) in the first three rounds.
“We had to have a makeover,” Whaley said. “If we didn’t, we’d be going into the season with nobody so we were in that situation and we’re very excited with how we filled those holes. We filled those holes better than we thought we’d be able to so we’re excited about it.”
Lawson and Ragland were both projected to the Bills in the first round. Getting both is quite a coup. Whaley will go to be Friday feeling very good about his draft so far.
“It’s one of those things where you envision it and you write the script the night before the draft and you’re laying there and you’re saying, “this guy, this guy, that guy.” It never happens,” Whaley said. “And I say this time it was one of those times to get two guys that we were going to take in the first round and another guy that we should have taken in the second round because I didn’t think he’d be there in the third round and to get him in the third round, it’s just one of those things where again, I give all credit to the scouting staff, how they set the board up and the vision they had coupled with the information the coaches had, and it’s a Buffalo Bills pick, it’s a Buffalo Bills draft, and we’re excited about it.”