Donald Washington III
At a game in Denver in January, 2010.
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Debuted in 2009 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Tackles     25
Interceptions     0
Pass deflections     1
Stats at

Donald David Washington III (born July 28, 1986, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former American football cornerback for the National Football League and currently[when?] is a Free Agent. He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He played high school football at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis.[1]

College career

Washington enrolled at Ohio State in 2005, but spent the season performing on the scout team. He was named the team's Outstanding Freshman in 2006, starting nine games at boundary cornerback and nickel back in 2006. He produced 41 tackles (28 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused two fumbles and recovered another that he returned 48 yards.

As a sophomore, Washington moved to field cornerback, starting all 13 games. He registered 39 tackles (29 solos) that included his only sack as a Buckeye. He recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. Washington was suspended for the team's first two games of the 2008 season for a violation of team rules. "I'll be honest and admit I made a mistake," he said. "That's the only way you can handle it. The best thing to do is just be honest."

When he returned, he spent most of the season as a reserve, starting two games at boundary cornerback. He managed just 22 tackles (18 solos) with a fumble recovery and a 34-yard interception return. Washington joined receiver Brian Hartline and running back Beanie Wells as three Ohio State underclassmen to declare for the 2009 NFL Draft.

NFL Combine

A bit of an unknown before his arrival, he dazzled everyone, as his vertical jump and broad jump figures were the best of any player that attended the 2009 Combine.

Professional career

Donald Washington was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Washington is on the active roster for the Chiefs as a second string strong safety. In 2011, Washington finished his season with 25 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and one pass deflection. On August 31 Washington was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs and is currently[when?] a free agent.


On July 20, 2012 Washington was arrested in Illinois and charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Washington also was charged with possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of cannabis and driving on a suspended license. The DUI and other charges are all misdemeanors.

Pre-Draft Measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6'0" * 197 lb * 4.49 * 4.22 * 6.84 * 45.0 in. * 135.0 in. * 9.0 reps *

(* represents NFL Combine)

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