Arizona State has sent at least one player every year to the NFL since 1963 - do not mind about 2013, folks, it did not actually happen. Christian Westerman follows the footsteps of his fellow Sun Devils and keeps the tradition going despite a surprising drop all the way to the 5th round.
The Bengals jumped on the occasion and record a steal on Day 3 with Westerman. The offensive guard is not quite like anybody else.
Who can claim to have traits like him? Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said Westerman has "massive bear paws". He is also described as a "weight room freak daddy", which is a fabulous description of the player.
Christian Westerman could be considered as one of the strongest player to enter this NFL Draft, as he made Bruce Feldman's famous "Freak List" before last college football season. He then teared up the NFL Combine with the best performance of all players with 34 bench press reps.
Do you think this is surprising? Not so fast.
An offensive lineman is not often put under the spotlights but Chrisitan Westerman has been a freak for a long time already. Just look at his college tape and count all the packs he delivered. Kaelen Jones of House of Sparky made a beautiful job at analyzing Westerman's play, for Bengals fans interested in learning how good is their new player.
In order to understand where his uniqueness comes from, let's go back way before high school.
The former Sun Devil has strong genes going his way, as Doug Haller of AZ Central explained it in July 2015. His father was also an offensive lineman in his glorious days while his mother was a successful cheerleader with the Miami Dolphins. On top of that, Christian Westerman developed his body through a multitude of sports in his youth, from baseball to basketball and boxing.
Players that practiced many sports in their youth tend to become great professional athletes with a better consistency. And when you add a little bit of favorable genes in the equation, magic happens.
Christian Westerman earned his first taste of football only in high school. His talents did not waste any time to appear. He enrolled at local Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ. He eventually ended up being a 3-year starter on the offensive line and helped the Huskies win 3 state titles. He even became the top recruit in the state of Arizona during his senior year, with five stars regularly following his name.
Every big-time college in the nation was chasing Westerman. Auburn snatched the crown.
But after two years, he decided to come back to Arizona and chose the Sun Devils. He perfected his game under Todd Graham and grew even stronger, if it was possible.
Christian Westerman's path to the National Football League was not conventional. But does conventional players experience long and successful careers? Uniqueness is what set players apart in professional sports. The football career of the former Sun Devil has gained momentum in Tempe, but it is far from over. Your favorite "freak daddy" has a bright future ahead of him.
You will find him lifting iron in the weight room on weekdays and steam-rolling defenders on the gridiron on Sundays, if you have questions to ask him.