Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M (HT: 6'3½" WT: 267 lbs)
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- Sufficient height/weight measurements.
- Built like an NFL defensive lineman with muscle tone and overall bulk.
- Long reach with adequate hand size.
- Coordinated athlete who moves with fluidity and flexibility.
- Plays with impeccable balance and low pad level taking on blocks.
- Explosive first step to come off the ball quickly.
- Fires his hands into blockers well on first contact and can utilize upper body strength.
- Flashes speed to power potential as a rusher, gets under the pads of tackles very well.
- Can track mobile quarterbacks outside the pocket, comfortable in space.
- Disruptive in the backfield by driving through blockers or splitting gaps.
- Resets the line of scrimmage by jolting run blockers and moving them backwards.
- Tremendous awareness and athletic ability to spin away from blocks and back into pursuit lanes.
- Pursues the ball with great effort, always seems to be around the ball.
- Can lower the boom when he gets home as a rusher, runs right through quarterbacks.
- Has experience and potential to be used in numerous defensive line positions.
- Showed proper physical dominance at a lower level.
- Raw and inexperienced prospect as a whole.
- Below average combine numbers in comparison to other defensive line prospects.
- Undisciplined player who tends to jump offsides, accumulated lots of penalties over two seasons at West Texas A&M.
- Not a technically sound player, won on athletic ability at the Division II level.
- Inconsistent anticipating the snap and getting into contact quickly.
- Lacks a distinct repertoire of pass-rush moves, too reliant on athletic advantage at a lower level.
- Not a true speed-rusher around the corner.
- Can be overzealous coming off the ball and take himself too far up the field.
- Slow to pick up on misdirection plays and screen passes.
- Lacks significant open-field speed in pursuit.
- Doesn’t always finish well enough as a tackler, tends to leave his feet instead of driving through ball carriers.
- Big production drop from junior to senior season.
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- Transferred to West Texas A&M from Sacramento City College.
- 2012 Ron Lenz Daktronics Division II National Defensive Player of the Year.
- 2012 and 2013 first team All-Lone Star Conference.
Ethan Westbrooks has the qualities to be a late round pick who outplays his draft selection once he has the benefit of NFL coaching. His inexperience is both a blessing and a curse. Because he’s only been playing at a Division II level for two seasons, he’s not ready in terms of technique and hand usage as a defensive lineman. At the same time, his potential for growth is huge and he shows promising qualities.
Teams who employ a base 4-3 and are looking for a 3rd or 4th rusher who has the ability to play from the interior and on the outside should give Westbrooks a long look. Much development is still needed, but if he takes to coaching and improves in a way that could realistically expected, he should be in consideration for meaningful snaps in 2015.
Draft Projection: 5th Round
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