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Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M
Elhadji Ndiaye, Nebraska-Kearney
Another small-college prospect currently flying under the radar is West Texas A&M pass-rusher Ethan Westbrooks. Even after dominating the Shrine Game, where he racked up two sacks, he's still seen as nothing more than a sixth- or seventh-round player.
Part of that is because he's as raw as a freshly picked carrot. While he's blessed with outstanding burst off the snap and natural strength and speed, it's easy to see that he's only been playing football for two years at the D-II level.
That's the basic gist of his scouting profiles on both NFL.com (Nolan Nawrocki) and Bleacher Report (Scott Carasik). He also has some, well, interesting tattoos, including one on his face that could scare off some teams.
Westbrooks is a great candidate to be a practice-squad stash as a rookie while he gets some much-needed technical refinement. His athletic toolbox is fully stocked to eventually become a solid pass-rushing option as either an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or rush end in a 4-3 front.
Westbrooks clearly has a strong desire for football. In an interview with Scott Bischoff at New Era Scouting, he said:
Football to me it’s life and by that I mean, I played football with Pop Warner in my seventh grade year in junior high and even before then I watched it on TV and that’s what I’ve been wanting to do since I was little was play football in the NFL. I’m psyched that I get an opportunity and chance to do that, it just excites me beyond measure. To me football is just one of those things you love it, I mean, you love it until the game is through with you and that’s all I’m really trying to do is play until the game tells me it doesn’t need me anymore. To me, football is my first love, it’s everything.
Elhadji Ndiaye is even more obscure, but he could wind up making an even bigger impact. The Nebraska-Kearney product garnered attention at the All-Star Bowl, where his raw speed and ability to flatten around the corner had some NFL teams buzzing.
Bleacher Report's Chris Gazze profiled him shortly thereafter, including him on a list of potential Pittsburgh Steelers draft sleepers.
Another profile, this one from NFL Draft Diamonds' Shaun DePasquale, notes that the Senegal native works out with his good friend, Lions first-rounder Ezekiel Ansah, and that he purportedly clocked a 4.37 40-yard dash at 255 pounds.