Jets need to select Dede Westbrook in 2017 NFL Draft
By Jason Rodriguez
The New York Jets still have plenty of question marks when it comes to their wide receiver situation. Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, Dede Westbrook could be the answer they’re looking for the future.
Wide Receiver Dede Westbrook out of Oklahoma University could be a steal in the 2017 NFL Draft. The biggest question for the New York Jets comes down to if he has what it takes to be a solid option for the future. The Jets will look to bring in help for Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa.
The Jets have had a tough time in finding a legit wide receiver through the draft. That is why it make sense for them to consider in taking a chance with Westbrook. At 6’0″ and weighing in at 178 pounds, he has very good hands and very explosive speed in open field.
Over his career at Oklahoma, Westbrook has had a troubled past and this could hurt his draft stock. Many teams could skip over him and he could possibly go undrafted. When or if he is drafted he will just need to keep his head down and do what he is told for him to be successful. The talent is there and the Jets would be wise to add someone with his skill-set to have a potential hidden gem on their hands.
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If the Jets want to add a game changer to the team then Westbrook is the player they are looking for. Westbrook could be another game player to help out the other young players such as Robby Anderson, and Charone Peake. Adding more depth to the wide receiver position is very important especially if a starter struggles or gets hurt.
If some of the young wide receivers do not work out from last year’s roster then bringing in Westbrook would give them a different option. He may either start or be a backup but he could work his way up since the potential is clearly there. The rebuild of the Jets future will need to be solidified for an offense to be successful.
In his career at Oklahoma, Westbrook totaled 2,267 receiving yards, 126 receptions, and 21 touchdowns. His speed and ability to make big plays would be a great sight to see on the Jets since they need more offensive playmakers.
Westbrook is a quick learner who can really feel very comfortable with the type of offense the Jets will run next season under new offensive coordinator John Morton. He could surprise a lot of people who doubt him and could be a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. He just needs to build up his body and become more of a powerful runner and that will come with time and proper coaching.