Five Reasons to love BC Lions draft pick Jabar Westerman

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After acquiring the 2nd overall pick from Edmonton, the BC Lions selected Eastern Michigan DL Jabar Westerman in the first round of the 2012 CFL Draft.

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.

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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


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  • One of the best parts of the Westerman video is at the 40 second mark.  That’s Lions 3rd pick Matt Norman blocking Westerman. Great footwork on both parts.

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