Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook won the Biletnikoff Award last December as the best receiver in college football.
But he had to wait until the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft before he heard his name called. The Jaguars selected the 6-foot, 178-pound playmaker, whose off-field issues pushed him down draft boards to 110th overall.
Westbrook, who caught 80 passes for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns last season with an average of 19.1 yards per reception, had a pair of domestic violence arrests before he arrived at Oklahoma in 2015. He had two children at the age of 18 and was accused in both 2013 and 2014 of assaulting the mother of their children. He was never charged and said last December he had resolved the issues with the woman.
Westbrook was asked at last month's NFL Combine about the incidents and his responses weren't exactly apologetic. ESPN's Todd McShay said Saturday Westbrook was actually kicked out of one meeting with a team.
There is no indication he's abused his children and the Texas native does not have any history of substance abuse.
The Jaguars needed a big-play receiver to complement Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. The speedy Westbrook ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the Oklahoma pro day and was the only Power 5 conference player to have at least 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. The Jaguars selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's first round as they try to give Blake Bortles the weapons he needs to succeed.
If Westbrook stays out of trouble, he could be a steal. If his issues catch up to him, he could be a bust like Justin Blackmon, who was the fifth overall pick in 2012, but washed out of the league after two troubled seasons.