Cornelius Washington’s name kept showing up on the television, but not under the exact distinction a prospect wants to stay at for long.
The former Burke County and University of Georgia player was NFL draft expert Mel Kiper’s best available player Saturday, with the No. 1 hold lasting for hours instead of minutes.
Finally, Washington’s wait came to a close. He was taken in the sixth round at No. 188 overall by the Chicago Bears on Saturday during the NFL Draft.
Washington, a Hephzibah native, had 22 total tackles this season with the Bulldogs. He also had a big moment in the 2012 SEC Championship Game. Though Georgia lost to Alabama, Washington blocked a field goal attempt; teammate Alec Ogletree wound up with the ball and scored on a 55-yard return.
Washington’s stock appeared to rise at the NFL combine before the draft. His 4.55 on the 40-yard dash was second out of all linebackers, his 36 repetitions on the bench press was the best and his 39-inch vertical ranked second.
But the 6-foot-4 Washington had to wait for his turn during the draft. His chance finally arrived at the 20th pick of the sixth round.