Looking at the stat line, Zane Gonzalez stands first in FBS history nailing 96 field goals over his 4 years at Arizona St. He’s also pretty accurate hitting about 86% of those attempts, including 23 of 25 as a Senior for the Sun Devils. Gonzalez has a strong leg and has steadily improved over the last 3 years. Scouts ding him on the angle he takes in pursuit of kick returners, but let’s face it- he’s a kicker, not a torpedo. Facts aside that he’s not Neil Rackers, Gonzalez was selected in the seventh round of the 2017 draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he will go head to head with Cody Parkey in camp.
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a very successful career playing wide receiver for USC. At 6’1″, 220, he possesses all the tools needed to take it to the pros. Over the last two years he caught at least 10 TDs while averaging 14.5 yards per reception. He finished his career at USC catching 213 passes for 3092 yards and 25 TDs. Scouts dinged Smith-Schuster for his lack of separation and top speed, but with top end physicality, strong hands, and an uncanny knack to win contested catches, JuJu has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin.
Smith-Schuster was overcome with happiness when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft.
DeDe Westbrook was one of the NCAA’s most explosive playmakers in 2016. His last year at Oklahoma was nothing short of breathtaking. The receiver put up 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 TDs. He is also a dangerous punt returner taking one to the house as well. In fact, he finished 4th in Heisman voting last season.
So it’s a wonder up to this point why he was selected in the 4th round of the 2017 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Let Westbrook’s situation be a lesson to any aspiring football player. I think he’d also say that too. In 2012 and 2013 he was arrested on charges of domestic violence towards the mother of his child. Both charges were dropped. Then later ‘anonymous’ scouts burned him over Twitter. Later again, it was rumored that Westbrook was kicked out of a 15 minute combine interview. His draft stock obviously took a large hit, and to think of it, if this was 2015 he might not have even been drafted with the way the NFL was taking a hard look at players of questionable character- ‘but it is the way it is’.
Westbrook is well aware that he will be on a short leash in Jacksonville and he’s humbled by their selection.