The Washington State Cougars had a mediocre season that ended with a surprising loss to Central Michigan in the Sun Bowl. Nevertheless, Washington State will still be sending a number of prospects to the 2022 NFL Draft, some of which could even sneak into the top two rounds. Here are the scouting reports for every Washington State player eligible for the draft.
Washington State 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
The Washington State scouting reports include some potential first-round talent and late-round defensive prospects.
Abraham Lucas, OT
Positives: Massive, somewhat-athletic right tackle with starting potential for the next level. Sets with a wide base, blocks with good lean, and stays square. Fires his hands into defenders and gets good extension. Keeps opponents away and knocks them from their angles of attack.
Explosive at the point, easily anchors in pass protection, and displays a variety of techniques to trip up speed rushers. Strong, blocks down on opponents, and smothers them from the action. Opens up running lanes, keeps his head on a swivel, and always looks for someone to hit.
Negatives: Not quick to the second level and lumbers around the field. Lacks footwork off the edge. Seems unsure of himself in pass protection.
Analysis: Lucas possesses the size, growth potential, and athleticism to be a starting right tackle in the NFL. He comes with an upside and could be playing with the first unit midway through his rookie season.
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Jahad Woods, LB
Positives: Hard-charging, undersized linebacker who was a tackling machine for Washington State. Quickly diagnoses the action, goes sideline to sideline, and works hard. Explosive, flows well laterally, and wraps up tackling. Immediately locates the ball handler and fires to the action.
Negatives: Undersized and gets caught up in the trash. Lacks pursuit speed. Better making plays up the field and in the box than in reverse.
Analysis: Woods is a small, slow two-down defender who comes with limited upside.
Jaylen Watson, CB
Positives: Nice-sized cornerback coming off a terrific season. Shows good awareness, keeps the action in front of him, and sells out to make plays. Quick-footed in reverse, smooth flipping his hips, and stays with assignments. Effectively covers receivers on crossing patterns, works to get involved, and hits hard.
Negatives: Lacks elite speed, shows hesitation in his game, and does a lot of trailing. Gives a very large cushion.
Analysis: Watson possesses the size, athleticism, and skill to line up in dime packages. He flashed a lot of ability as a senior last season. Watson also performed well during Senior Bowl practices and comes with an upside.
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Liam Ryan, OT
Positives: Hard-working lineman who quickly gets into run blocks, gets leverage on opponents, and gives effort. Squares into defenders and steers them from the action. Displays outstanding blocking vision, keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with linemates.
Negatives: Struggles to finish blocks and control linebackers. Average skill blocking in motion.
Analysis: Ryan was a durable, consistent lineman at Washington State, but he’s more of a finesse blocker with limited athleticism and upside.
Max Borghi, RB
Positives: Athletic, versatile third-down back with next-level size and speed. Instinctive, displays outstanding running vision, and runs with excellent lean. Quick-footed, displays a burst through the hole, and slides off defenders to pick up yardage. Possesses the agility necessary to turn the corner, plays faster than his 40 time, and beats defenders into the open field.
Works runs, breaks tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact, and falls forward when tackled. Will pick and choose his spots, follows blocks everywhere on the field, and finds ways to pick up positive yardage.
Negatives: Not a perimeter runner for a quick cutback ball carrier. Loses momentum altering the angle of runs. Rarely used in the passing game this past season after putting up impressive pass-catching numbers during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Analysis: Borghi is a talented ball carrier with the size, speed, and football intellect to be used as a rotational back or third-down specialist. The previous pass-catching skill he displayed is an added benefit.
Travell Harris, WR
Positives: Quick, explosive receiver coming off a career campaign. Terrific route runner who fires off the snap, quickly gets into breaks, and separates from opponents. Consistent hands catcher who comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target and extends his hands. Lays out and snatches the ball from the air. Displays strong hands and has return skills.
Negatives: More quick than fast. Short, which presents limitations.
Analysis: Harris was a very productive receiver at Washington State last season and projects as a slot wideout with return potential.