Christian Westerman taken by Cincinnati in fifth round

Arizona State's first player taken in the 2016 NFL Draft was also the No. 1 recruit at his position nationally coming out of high school.

Local product Christian Westerman became the first Arizona State player to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday when he was taken by Cincinnati in the fifth round, No. 161 overall. 

An offensive guard some believe could also play center in the NFL, Westerman was thought as a candidate to be taken as high as the second round and probably be gone by the end of the fourth round.

Westerman, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, joins two other former ASU players already on the Bengals roster. Starting linebacker Vontaze Burfict is one of the top players at the position in the NFL and defensive lineman Marcus Hardison has been a reserve/scout team player since being drafted in the fourth round last year. 

Starting 25 of 26 games at left guard for the Sun Devils in the last two seasons after sitting out a year post-transfer from Auburn, Westerman is a  former star player at Chandler Hamilton High School. Westerman was the No. 1 ranked offensive guard nationally in the 2011 recruiting class by Scout.

Westerman is the second offensive linemen taken in the NFL Draft out of ASU in the last two years. In the 2015 Draft, Jamil Douglas was taken in the fourth found by Miami. The Sun Devils have had eight players drafted under Todd Graham, all in the last three years. 

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