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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Nebraska Wide Receiver Jordan Westerkamp

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Will injuries keep one of the better WR’s in Husker history off the draft board?

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Quite simply, Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp is one of the best Wideouts in the Husker program in quite some time. From setting records his Junior year, to making one of this generation’s biggest plays, Westy will be a standard for Nebraska’s set of Wideouts to maintain for a long time to come.

What’s amazing about Jordan’s time in Lincoln is that he did so much while being injured his Senior season. Missing three games, including the bowl game vs. Tennessee didn’t keep Westy from leading Nebraska in receptions with 38.

One of the indications that Westerkamp can be relied upon when he moves on is that he caught a ball in 36 straight games in his career. His 65 catches in his Junior year in 2015 is a Nebraska record for WR’s, and the second most for a Husker player in a season.

His career records include:

  • Second in Nebraska history in receptions with 167
  • Fourth in total receiving yardage with 2,474
  • Fourth in Touchdown Receptions with 18
  • Tied for Second in 100-yard receiving games with eight

Westerkamp came to Nebraska from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, lllinois. He was a consensus four-star Wideout in HS. He was ranked the 37th best WR in the 2012 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports, as well as the 6th best player in the state of Illinois. Besides Nebraska, Jordan had offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, Arizona & Illinois among his 18 total offers.

Westerkamp was injured during bowl prep & did not attend the NFL Combine. Westerkamp also did not participate for teams at Nebraska’s Pro Day back on March 14th.

His NFL.com Draft Profile:

Strengths

Hands showed great improvement this season. Hand-eye coordination is above average and is able to hyperfocus when catching in tight quarters. Gets the most out of his catch radius. Able to go up or down and reel in the challenging catch. Finds ways to create a little bit of space for himself through his routes. Some might say he runs them precisely. Uses every inch of his frame to shield defenders from the ball. Shows no hesitation in the middle of the field.

Weaknesses

Slow release quickness into routes. Lacks the long speed and physical ability to play anywhere but slot. Short strider into his routes. Lacks vertical speed to threaten defenders and back them off. Sluggish to accelerate out of breaks. Wears defenders as blankets within his routes and is always forced to make contested catches. Body catcher.

Draft Projection

PFA

Bottom Line

Possession receiver with good focus and a determination to come up with the contested catch. Lacks traits like speed and length and he doesn't have separation quickness, but he finds ways to create enough room for an accurate quarterback. His lack of legitimate return value could hurt his cause to make a team.

And who can forget this catch against Northwestern in 2015?