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Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/23/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 301

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Bengals selected Arizona State OG Christian Westerman with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Westerman (6'3/298) made 25 starts on Arizona's line, earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. He showed his strength in Indy with 34 bench-press reps, but tested poorly athletically. Westerman atones for his slim build with long arms (33 1/2") for an interior lineman, as well as gargantuan hands (11 7/8"). Best suited to zone block, Westerman showed signs of pro readiness in pass protection at ASU and just enough punch to believe he could hold his own immediately as a run blocker. His best NFL position will be center. Sat, Apr 30, 2016 03:13:00 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout believes Arizona State G Christian Westerman's best position is "probably is at center."

The scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he believes Westerman is an NFL starter. A different evaluator isn't as enthused. "Overhyped," a second scout said. "He's weight-room strong but he doesn't play to that. He's just kind of a guy to me." Westerman posted 34 reps on the bench at the Combine, tied for the most among offensive linemen. "He can lift the weight room but if you made a move on him he'd fall flat on his face," a third scout said. "I know he's tough, and those guys play. He's tight and straight-line."
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman indicated that he has worked out with the Bengals and Saints.

Westerman also told azcentral's Doug Haller that he has a workout scheduled with the Broncos in the near future. Pro Football Focus likes him as one of the better pass-protecting guards in this class (he graded out at No. 8 in that metric for the position in 2015). Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes that it is possible that interested parties could be viewing the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder as a potential plug-and-play rookie.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman could begin appealing to teams with a need on the interior offensive line as early as Rd. 2.

In a recent Draft Needs piece on the Dolphins, Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted the organization Westerman at No. 42 overall. Evan Silva identifies OL as Miami's third most pressing draft need, no surprise considering the unit's 2015 struggles. "It would not be a surprise for a team to consider Westerman a plug and play starter," Norris wrote. "Don’t sleep on Westerman, who can latch on and occupy defenders with great strength." Norris ranks Westerman No. 61 overall in the class.
Source: Rotoworld
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Arizona State G Christian Westerman as the No. 61 overall prospect in the NFL Draft.

"Has early career starter skills," he wrote. "Strong, takes angles to get into position, wants to lock and sustain blocks, and is equally solid in both phases of the offense. Weakness is recovering once he loses balance after overextending." Pro Football Focus is in love with Westerman as a sleeper, calling him "one of the best pass-protecting guards in the class" who is more scheme versatile than most assume at first glance.
Source: Rotoworld
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 02:53:00 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman is "one of the best pass-protecting guards in the class," according to Pro Football Focus.

Pro Football Focus graded him out last year as the No. 8 pass protecting G in this draft class (+8.4 grade). Westerman finished No. 38 as a run blocker (+3.3). While Westerman is being viewed as a zone blocker, PFF says he can play in any scheme. "While Westerman’s size and movement skills project to a zone blocking scheme, some of his best work comes on down blocks and pulls, so a man/gap scheme is not out of the question," it concluded.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman led the field with 34 bench reps at the NFL Combine.

He chipped in a 5.17 forty, which ranked No. 12 among offensive linemen. Last year, College Football Focus graded him as one of the best pass protectors in this draft class with a +8.4 showing (one sack, five hits and nine hurries on 629 attempts). "His movement skills should make him one of the better options for a zone-blocking system. In a class full of mauling, power-scheme run-blockers, Westerman sets himself apart, and he may surprise as a higher pick than most project if the right zone-blocking team values the guard," Steve Palazzolo wrote. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein comps Westerman to Browns C Alex Mack.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 04:34:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compared Arizona State G Christian Westerman to Browns C Alex Mack.

Wrote Zierlein, "Offensive line coaches will appreciate Westerman's technical savvy and zone scheme teams will covet his fluidity and blocking ability on the move." The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder slots into Zierlein colleague Chad Reuter's recent mock draft as a fourth-round selection by the Patriots. That's a ways off from Mack (who was drafted at pick No. 21 by the Browns in the 2009 draft), but it's important to remember that when analysts offer comps, they aren't necessarily 1:1 comparisons. "A move to center is not out of the question thanks to his body type and quickness and his draft stock may be helped by a potential ability to offer roster depth at several offensive line positions," Zierlein concludes.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Arizona State G Christian Westerman "will rank higher for teams looking to shore up interior pass protection in a zone-blocking scheme," according to Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

The power-blocking guards like Joshua Garnett and Sebastian Tretola are all the rage in this class, leaving Westerman, in Palazzolo's eyes, a potential steal. "The one-on-one drills in the trenches largely favor the defensive players, but Westerman acquitted himself well all week," he wrote of the Senior Bowl." He came into the week with the top pass-blocking grade among the guards in attendance (+8.4), after surrendering only a sack, five hits, and nine hurries on 608 attempts this season, and he backed that up this week, as he was one of the top one-on-one performers." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder as a fifth-rounder over the summer.
Tue, Feb 2, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman will play in the Senior Bowl.

The former Auburn Tiger experienced nothing but success after transferring west. He earned All Pac-12 Honorable Mention as a junior in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 301-pound Westerman has bench pressed 225 pounds 41 times. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a fifth-rounder over the summer.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:32:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes NFL coaches will love Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman's "physical, competitive spirit."

"Westerman shows the upper body strength to turn defenders from run lanes with quick hands to react to counter moves by interior rushers. He has terrific vision and anticipation, keeping his head on a swivel to pick up multiple rushers," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder is an athletic freak upfront for the Sun Devils. Westerman shows great feet as well, for a man his size, and is strong as an ox. During the summer, the Arizona State prospect threw up 225 on the bench, a ridiculous 41 times.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 04:00:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline likes Arizona State's "terrific" guard tandem of Christian Westerman and Vivii Teofilo.

The analyst graded Westerman as a fifth-rounder and Teofilo as a sixth-rounder. He called each of them "linemen with the ability to play in a run oriented system on Sunday."
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:24:00 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman calls Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman "one of the strongest men in college football," earning the No. 15 spot on Feldmans' Top 25 "Freaks" list.

The former five-star recruit started his college career at Auburn, before transferring to ASU, where he has quickly earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. Last month, the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder threw up 20 reps of 315 pounds on the bench. In 2014, Westerman impressed on the bench by throwing up 225 pounds a whopping 41 times.
Source: Fox Sports
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 02:48:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman "excelled last fall in his first season as a starter," bringing "stout play and mobility" to the Sun Devils' line, writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Westerman spent two years as an Auburn Tiger before bolting west in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. He'll no doubt attempt to add some bulk before next spring's draft.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:11:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman has "very quick feet with ability to mirror as well as any guard in college football," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

The former Auburn Tiger transferred west in 2012. He still very much as the looks of an SEC offensive lineman, though now he creates space in the Sun Devils' breakneck offense. "I see an athletic guard who lacks the power at the point of attack that scouts will be looking for and a move to center might be warranted," Zierlein wrote.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 01:45:00 PM