Taking Dede Westbrook in the fourth round with the 110th overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected the former Oklahoma Sooner. Becoming one of the best receivers in Oklahoma history, Westbrook stands 5-11 and 178-pounds. But, the wideout brings a bit of baggage with himself to the NFL that was a cause for concern.
Regardless of what happened off the field, franchises are looking for players to produce on the field. A bit undersized as a down the field type receiver, the reality is that Westbrook could be moved into the slot. Despite the size and weight concerns, the Biletnikoff winner never sat out due to an injury — a testament to the toughness this kid brings each day.
What the receiver does bring to the table is break away speed and an ability to catch nearly anything thrown his way. Running crisp routes, Westbrook becomes one of the most elusive players on the field with the ball in his hands. In combination with the receive capabilities, the former Sooners also brings to the table the ability to return kicks.
Field position is always a battle and any edge helps. During kickoff returns, Westbrook averaged 27.1 yards per attempt. In punt return attempts, the speedster averaged 16.2 yards per attempt. Although many projected Westbrook as a 6th round pick, could this be the reason the Jaguars took him earlier than expected?