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2017 NFL DRAFT

Christian Westerman, OG

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 298 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6132

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.122.981.7934 258'2"4.717.69

Player Overview

Westerman started 25 games for the Sun Devils over the past two seasons, emerging as a second team all-conference player as a senior.

He earned three letters at ASU after the Chandler, Ariz. transferred back home following two years at Auburn, where he redshirted in 2011 and appeared in two games the following year.

Westerman wasn't an immediate contributor for the Sun Devils, seeing his first game action in the team's bowl game against Texas Tech in 2013. He took over as the starting left guard in 2014, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades while starting 12 games.

He started all 13 games as a senior and was voted second team All-Pac-12.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Westerman is well known for his weight-room strength, reportedly bench pressing 225 pounds 41 times in one sitting before his senior season. Reliable. Competitive, passionate player who started 25 of the past 26 games for the Sun Devils over the past two seasons.

Westerman sports a relatively compact frame with his weight evenly distributed over his frame. He is an active, competitive blocker with the quick, light feet to shuffle laterally in pass protection, as well as the natural knee bend, core strength and balance to anchor.

Westerman has a terrific initial punch out of his stance to quickly get to work, extending and using his length to lock out and control the chest of defenders. He possesses the upper-body strength to turn defenders from run lanes with quick hands to react to counter moves by interior rushers. He plays with awareness and tenacity, keeping his head on a swivel to react to surprise blitzes.

WEAKNESSES: Too often gets caught up in the trash when blocking on the move, lacking the preferred quickness and agility to consistently reach and secure the second level. Doesn't possess ideal length for guard and could struggle with the swim moves from the longer-armed defensive tackles of the NFL. Size limitations may ultimately force him to be moved inside to center, a position he never played at the collegiate level.

COMPARES TO: J.D. Walton, San Diego Chargers: Walton began his career at Arizona State before transferring to Baylor, with Westerman initially signing (and playing two games) at Auburn before moving back "home" to ASU. Westerman is stronger than Walton but possesses a similar combination of short-area quickness, balance and tenacity, which could make him a future starter in the NFL.

IN OUR VIEW: Westerman isn't the most imposing offensive lineman in the 2016 NFL draft, but his power, agility and tenacity will certainly earn him plenty of fans among coaches. His lack of ideal size could ultimately push him inside to center.

--Rob Rang (2/5/16)

 
 
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Player News
12/10/2015 - 2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Christian Westerman, Sr., Arizona State...Seven Sun Devil Football student-athletes have been named to All-Pac-12 Conference teams, the conference announced. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Christian Westerman earned second-team honors and six Devils picked up honorable mention recognition. - Arizona State Football
 

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