Profile: Arthur Westbrook
Location: Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
What to like: There's a lot to like about Westbrook. He was a recruit flying under the radar then boom, committed to the national champs. I will admit it, I didn't know him. Then I turned on the tape.
Sometimes there is one word that can just describe a prospect. With this one it's instinct. Westbrook seems to be always around the ball, whether it's in run support or defending the pass. He's always near or around the ball making plays. He shows speed and range, whether he's playing a deep center field or making plays sideline to sideline.
What may be of concern: Westbook is not a big safety. In today's game, you have bigger wide receivers which means teams want bigger defensive backs and that includes safeties. But not Westbrook. He's built more like a cornerback. But there's that old adage – he plays bigger than his size. Will that hold up? It's a minor concern but if I am Jimbo Fisher I wouldn't be that worried. This kid can make plays. And we just saw the nice career Terrance Brooks put together in the Florida State secondary.
Overall analysis: This kid was a nice find by the Seminoles. He's not the biggest guy on the backend but he sure makes plays against the pass and in run support. He shows instincts, good coverage ability and he's not afraid to throw his body around. Westbrook seems like an old-school safety that can do it all against the pass and run. I am anxious to see what he does in Tallahassee.