Data Scout Notes: 1stC/PButkus/PLombardi/PNagurski/P1st
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Inside linebacker Daryl Washington -- He didn't start until his senior year at TCU but that's because he played behind two future NFL players. Washington can run and the Cardinals needed someone who could play inside linebacker in their sub packages. Washington should be able to do that immediately.
A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/47 -- Daryl Washington, ILB, 6-2, 230, Texas Christian: The Cardinals would have taken him in the first round if Williams had not been there. They traded a third-round pick to New England to move up to get him. They hope Williams eventually is able to replace Karlos Dansby in the middle. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Daryl Washington News
05/15/17 - ILB Daryl Washington was released outright by the club three days after a 30-minute meeting with team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians. Washington had been out of the league for the past three seasons after being suspended indefinitely for failed drugs tests in addition to a domestic assault incident.
05/11/17 - LB Daryl Washington was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, just 16 days after the former Pro Bowler was conditionally reinstated by the NFL. Washington missed the past three seasons due to multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
06/01/14 - LB Daryl Washington was suspended for at least one year for a violation of the league substance abuse policy.
"It's completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. "Our hope is that it will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can."
The one-year suspension will cost Washington at least $3 million -- $2.9 million in salary and a $100,000 workout bonus. There is a strong possibility the Cardinals will attempt to recoup a portion of the $12.5 million in bonuses he received when he signed a long-term contract extension.
Washington said in a statement released through his agent, Jordan Woy, that he tested positive for marijuana.
"I recently learned that I had violations of the NFL Substances of Abuse policy related to marijuana," Washington's statement read. "The policy is very strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility. I am committed to making changes in my life that will allow me to return to the NFL as soon as possible. I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape, and will work equally as hard to ensure that my life off of the field meets the high level of maturity and responsibility to which I am committed.
"I sincerely apologize for the effect of my actions on my teammates, coaches and other colleagues at the Cardinals. I also apologize to Cardinals fans for the time I will miss. I will work diligently during this suspension and will return as a better man and football player."
He was also suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season.
In an unrelated matter, Washington was recently sentenced to one year of supervised probation by the Maricopa County Superior Court after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in March.
Washington assaulted a former girlfriend. He previously pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and trespassing cha
04/30/14 - LB Daryl Washington was sentenced to one year of supervised probation in his aggravated assault case.
Washington, 27, pleaded guilty last month in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1, 2013 argument with a former girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter. Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.
Washington will likely face punishment from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.
"We've known this was coming for a long time," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "Daryl's known it. So, whatever the judge decides is right in this case and we'll live with it. We'll wait and see how that goes."
Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Washington has started 53 games over four seasons for Arizona. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles in 2012 with 140.
04/01/14 - LB Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Washington had a change of plea hearing Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a judge set sentencing for April 23.
Prior to the plea, there was a trial scheduled for April 30. Washington was accused of grabbing his former girlfriend, the mother of the couple's daughter, by the throat and shoving her to the ground during an argument at her apartment last May.
The woman claimed Washington pushed her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone.