BC Lions New Toy
1.) The guy’s an athlete
Widely reported as the best defensive player in the draft, Westerman is 6’2”, 288 with exceptionally long arms, good strength, low center of gravity, and deceptive quickness off the ball. His first step is remarkably fast and it won’t give away his pass rushing technique.
2.) He will have an immediate impact
His skill set and body type will allow the Lions coaching staff to rotate Jabar at any of the front four positions. While he may not start, he can provide valuable relief coming off the bench.
3.) He has Non-Import status.
It came down to the wire, and the basis of his import status relied on an Elementary school transcript from Ontario. Jabar was born in Brampton, Ontario to an athletic family (one brother, Jamaal, is a Linebacker with the Miami Dolphins, another brother, Jawaan also participated at this year’s CFL Evaluation Camp).
Having Non-Import status is critical along the D-Line with the retirement of Canadian Brent Johnson.
4.) His athleticism is not the only reason for his high draft status
According to TSN’s Chris Schultz, Westerman’s stock started to rise after teams had interviewed him, realizing he has the character, attitude and personality of being a professional athlete.
5.) Despite his youth, the young man knows the value of hard work
He had to attend Junior College for two years at Dodge City Community College (Kansas) before being offered a scholarship with University of Eastern Michigan.
For a nice look at Jabar Westerman check out the following:
Westerman CFL Draft Profile
Cheers – The Bartender