2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Parker Washington, Penn State

2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Parker Washington, Penn State

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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Parker Washington, Penn State


Penn State wide receiver Parker Washington opted for the 2023 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Nittany Lions, which was arguably highlighted by a six-touchdown 2020 season as a true freshman.

While he never posted eye-popping statistics in his FBS career, Washington earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2022, despite missing three games due to injury. He’s a blue-collar wideout whose projected draft stock should materialize a Day 3 draft selection.

Height: 5-foot-9 3/4
Weight: 204 pounds
40 time: N/A

Unimpressive as an athlete, Washington will forge his NFL path as a hard worker with positive intangibles. He’ll endear himself to any coaching staff that puts grit, determination, and fearlessness over flashy gym rats.

Table: Parker Washington stats (2020-22)

Year School Class G Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2020 Penn State Fr 9 36 489 13.6 6 0 0 0
*2021 Penn State So 13 64 820 12.8 4 2 12 6.0 0
*2022 Penn State Jr 10 46 611 13.3 2 2 8 4.0 0

*includes postseason/bowl games (stats from Sports Reference)


  • Makes his living over the middle of the field as a glorified possession receiver
  • Stoutly built frame who can take a hit
  • Great ball skills and concentration in traffic
  • Shows a knack for finding soft spots in zone coverage
  • Boasts a grinder mentality who fights for every extra yard — doesn’t mess around trying to dance in the open field
  • Several catches on tape that jump off the screen — excellent concentration to make contested catches, especially when he needs to contort for a difficult grab
  • Strong enough to run through arm tackles and bounce off glancing hits
  • Potential for versatile utility in the running game on jet sweeps and as a punt returner


  • Lacks athleticism and isn’t twitchy
  • Won’t outrun level defenders and struggles to access a second gear — no official 40 time is available, but he ran a 4.57 coming out of high school
  • Wasn’t overly productive
  • Route-running traits are inconsistent — sometimes rounds breaks and adds extra steps
  • Limited upside and needs to fit a specific role in an offense to reach full potential

Fantasy football outlook

Regardless of where he winds up, Washington will profile as a slot receiver in the NFL but likely will see his career play out as a rotational player. It’s improbable he develops into a weekly fantasy football asset, but PPR gamers may have a short window in which Washington is a useful fill-in. Think of him as a early-career Randall Cobb type who could find himself force-fed passes in the right system.


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