Ethan Westbrooks, DE

School: West Texas A&M  |  Conference: LSC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 267 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

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
4.832.831.7519 299'2"4.677.30

Player Overview

Every scout dreams of discovering a diamond in the rough talent; a player whose gifts are undeniable and yet either the player, himself, needs polishing or he simply hasn't caught the attention yet of other talent evaluators. The 1994 sports drama "Blue Chips" highlighted just such a scenario in which scouts for the fictional Western University Dolphins discover a hidden gem playing pick-up games in the streets named Neon Boudeaux (played by Shaquille O'Neal).

Given their success on the field and in churning out NFL prospects, West Texas A&M is hardly equivalent to playing games in the street. Westbrooks, however, has some similarities to Boudeaux in that he lacks polish but is undeniably gifted.

The Oakland, Ca. native signed with the Buffs after a successful JUCO stop at Sacramento City College, where he was named the 2011 MVP of the Mid-Empire Conference. Westbrooks thoroughly dominated the D-II level in his first season, registering 60 tackles, including an unbelievable 29.5 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks, the most QB-takedowns at any amateur level in 2012. Among the accolades Westbrooks won for his efforts was the Ron Lenz Daktronics Division II National Defensive Player of the Year and Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year.

With opponents keying in on him, Westbrooks numbers dropped significantly in 2013 (43/19.5/seven), though he again showed his ability to dominate at the East-West Shrine Game, earning Defensive MVP honors during the game, itself, with two sacks and two more tackles for loss.

Westbrooks talents are legitimate. His size and athleticism will intrigue every team in the league. Character red-flags, however, will make him one of the more popular interviews for teams at the Combine.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks and plays bigger than his size. Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and the frame to handle an additional 10 pounds of muscle without a significant loss of quickness. Moved around the defensive line to create mismatches for the Buffs, logging time on the nose, three tech DT and as a traditional 7-tech defensive end. Physical and highly aggressive. Good initial quickness. Surprises opponents with his burst to split gaps and flashes upper body explosiveness to rock them on their heels, as well as effective (if rudimentary technique). Good balance and lateral agility to break down and stalk mobile quarterbacks. Flashes impressive acceleration for a man of his size while in pursuit. Could just be scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Has been able to get by with just his athletic tools to this point and remains quite raw in his technique. Sells out to attack the quarterback, getting fooled by play-action and draws. Doesn't always pursue hard once the ball gets past him. Probably projects best as a RDE in the 4-3 alignment but must learn to use his hands better to rip through would-be blocks, or his speed/power will be controlled. Likely is at least a year or more from significant playing time and there are concerns about his commitment. Plays with a degree of ferocity that too often results in foolish penalties. Sports a heavily tattooed frame (including on his face) and that some will take as a character red-flag.

COMPARES TO: Armonty Bryant, Cleveland Browns - The team that invests in Westbrooks is going to want to have a plan in place for him, just as the Browns did with Bryant, who was off some teams' boards a year ago but flashed as a rookie with 12 tackles and two sacks in limited duty. There is no denying his physical gifts but he comes with red-flags and may need a strong locker room to support him.

--Rob Rang

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05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft radar...DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M: With All-Pro Gerald McCoy inside and the addition of free agents Johnson and underrated interior rusher Clinton McDonald, the Bucs already feature an intriguing array of penetrating defensive linemen. The Bucs will be looking for depth, however, with the club opting not to exercise their fifth year option on Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers yet to live up to his potential. Like Dozier, Westbrooks dominated at the lower level of competition but enjoyed a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game, demonstrating the combination of explosiveness, agility and tenacity to earn top 100 consideration. Westbrooks comes with plenty of red flags but could prospect under Smith's guidance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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