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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Amba Etta-Tawo, WR

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Amba Etta-Tawo, WR
School: Syracuse | Conference: ACC
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 198 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round or 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Mohammed Sanu

College Statistics

Player Overview

Amba Etta-Tawo has set an example for all graduate transfers. You can do very little at your undergraduate program (Maryland has some serious QB issues) but with a change of scenery, you can become prolific. Etta-Tawo got off to a red-hot start compiling 840 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns through his first 8 games. He cooled off as quarterback play for the Orange went up and down but still put together a very respectable season. Etta-Tawo has good size and has a talent being able to use his body to create space and snatch the ball out of the air and away from defenders. He’s also a good athlete with decent breakaway speed and ability after the catch.

For all Etta-Tawo’s talent and receptions, he does occasionally drop balls he should be catching. If not for his one year of production and this flaw he would be projected to go much earlier in this draft class. He was set to participate in the Senior Bowl but suffered a dislocated finger injury.


  • Natural receiver and technically sound. He is smooth in and out of his breaks and gets off the LOS with ease. He has soft hands and a very good catch radius. Prototypical size for an outside receiver.
  • Very good at attacking the ball at its highest point to win 50/50 balls. Uses his size to box out well. The manner in which he can adjust and right himself to make a catch is very impressive.
  • Good athletic ability, he can create separation with his speed and frame and still has some juice to pull away.
  • Willing blocker in the run/screen game.


  • Inconsistent hands at times. He will occasionally drop a pass thrown his way.
  • Played in a pretty simplistic offense and ran a simple route tree, lots of go, post, and hitch routes.
  • 1 year of starter quality production.

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How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Amba Etta-Tawo would provide short and deep threat options for Kirk Cousins if drafted. Again, with the futures of Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson up in the air, questions about the health of Josh Doctson, and the fact that McCloughan has drafted a WR in almost every one of his drafts I feel confident in saying the Redskins will look to the position group at some point during the draft. If the Redskins want to start looking in the mid rounds Etta-Tawo would be a good prospect to consider. The young man still needs refinement and polish but his natural talent and ability to be prolific are undeniable. In the NFL nothing is a sure thing but I would find some relief in the production Etta-Tawo was able to put up this year in a power 5 conference with a bad quarterback or two. If drafted here’s to the Redskins using him on hitches, screens, and go routes and not the dreaded fade.