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Patriots selected Arizona State WR Devin Lucien with the No. 225 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucien (6'1/201) spent one year at ASU after transferring from UCLA, leading the team in catches (66), yards (1,075) and touchdowns (eight). Lucien was nearly unstoppable on fade routes in college and has NFL-level ball skills, dropping just five passes over his final two seasons. Lucien helped himself at the Sun Devils' Pro Day, blazing 4.49 with quality agility scores. Lucien lacks dominant size and overall athleticism, but he is a crisp route runner with sure hands. He has a chance to become a useful contributor if given the opportunity.
Apr 30 - 5:45 PM

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.
Apr 30 - 3:13 PM

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."
Apr 27 - 1:08 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Arizona State WR D.J. Foster to Danny Woodhead of the San Diego Chargers.

After moving from running back to wide receiver last season, the Scouts Inc. team thinks Foster should marry his skills to become "a third-down back with the potential to make a similar impact as Woodhead, who led all NFL running backs in catches (80) and receiving yards (755) last season." Foster has the added benefit of being a bit more athletic, to boot. "Both are above-average route runners with the burst to separate and produce after the catch," Muench wrote. "In addition, defenses have to respect the draw on third-and-medium when they are in the game. While they are not overly powerful, they are tough runners for their size, have good vision and hit the gas as soon as they locate a seam."
Apr 20 - 7:38 PM

Arizona State WR Devin Lucien is visiting the Bengals on Tuesday.

News of Lucien's visit to the Bengals was already floating about the Internet late last week, but we now have the exact day courtesy of NFL Network's Rand Getlin. Said "exact day" is today. The Bengals have been linked to a number of wideouts in draft rumors and could well take a receiver on Day 1. It won't be Lucien, but he makes for an intriguing option later in the draft. Pro Football Focus adores the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, comparing him to Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and writing that he "may have the best hands in the draft." In addition to Tuesday's visit to the Bengals, Getlin noted that to this point, Lucien he has either visited or worked out with the Rams, Patriots and Cardinals.
Apr 19 - 6:44 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.
Apr 16 - 1:54 PM

Pro Football Focus compares Arizona State WR Devin Lucien to Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings.

Pro Football Focus adores Lucien, calling him perhaps the draft's biggest sleeper. Lucien dropped only five passes over the past two seasons and "may have the best hands in the draft," per PFF. The site also likes his ball skills, his routes, his separation skills and his run-after-the-catch ability. "Like Lucien, Diggs is a player that didn’t do anything spectacularly, but showed that simply being good at everything would still work at the NFL level if you had a competent quarterback," PFF noted. "Diggs dropped just two passes as a rookie and flashed plenty of production before slowing down late in the season." The well-rounded Lucien isn't huge and isn't a burner, but everything else checks out.
Apr 16 - 10:46 AM

Arizona State WR Devin Lucien will visit the Bengals next week.

Lucien has been mostly ignored during the draft process, but Pro Football Focus is very high on him as a sleeper. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder broke out last season after transferring over from UCLA, catching 66 passes for 1,074 yards and eight scores. He has great hands and won't get cheated in contested situations.
Apr 15 - 10:44 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Arizona State WR Devin Lucien is "a potentially excellent value."

The analyst said the impressive depth of this year's receiving crop is pushing strong developmental prospects like Lucien down the board. "He has strong hands, and plenty of experience adjusting to poorly-thrown passes at Arizona State, so he can make plays even when covered," Palazzolo wrote. "He’s effective on the outside and on shorter routes, so look for Lucien to provide an effective option in the second or third tier of wide receiver prospects." PFF sees Lucien as the draft's biggest sleeper.
Apr 15 - 7:50 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
Apr 6 - 2:40 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
Apr 5 - 2:53 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.
Apr 1 - 5:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein says Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici's "fire reminds me of Chase Daniel" and predicts he will become a "quality NFL backup."

"I feel like I'm on an island with Bercovici since I can't find any NFL personnel men who are on board, but that's fine by me," he wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bercovici has long been a Day 3 pet developmental favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom -- along with Bowling Green's Matt Johnson -- so please don't feel quite so isolated, Mr. Zierlein. "Bercovici has a cannon for an arm, adequate accuracy and good mobility to extend plays," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 3:39 PM

Arizona State coaches believe junior WR Cameron Smith (knee) is back to 100%.

Smith sat out the entire 2015 campaign after undergoing knee surgery, but in his last healthy season back in 2014, he caught 41 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns. HC Todd Graham is looking forward to the 5-foot-11, 193-pound junior's return to form. Said Graham, "That’s the big thing. His ability to have one-play touchdowns. He had more explosive plays than Jaelen [Strong]. That’s something we missed tremendously."
Mar 29 - 4:02 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior TE Grant Martinez (foot) is 100% healthy for spring practice.

Martinez missed the 2015 campaign with a foot injury. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound redshirt junior's past that, now, and will look to make his mark on the Sun Devil offense for the first time in his career. To this point he has yet to catch a pass. This spring, HC Todd Graham spoke to the idea of opening up the passing offense with tight end play, which could lead to opportunities for Martinez. Said Graham, "We want an in-line tight end that can be physical in the blocking game, obviously, and then the 3-back is critical getting mismatches on the linebacker. I think we'll have the ability (to line up) in multiple tight ends and broad-blocking surfaces. I feel good about that group"
Mar 22 - 10:11 PM


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