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ASU Football: Westerman, Foster to represent ASU at the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl

A former blue-chip high school prospect and a player still looking for a position will represent the Sun Devils on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

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The Reese's Senior Bowl annually provides a chance for recognized and lesser-known NFL prospects alike to begin to forge their names into the minds of general managers, personnel directors and team scouts.

In 2016, the Arizona State Sun Devils have two representatives down in Mobile, Ala. for Saturday's game: offensive lineman Christian Westerman (South) and tailback/receiver D.J. Foster (North).

Game Info

When: Saturday, January 30

Where: Mobile, Alabama

TV: NFL Network

Tickets: $30, $20, $10

Christian Westerman, OG -- No. 65, South Team



It's been long known that Westerman possesses brute strength (he was even named to Bruce Feldman's Freaks list during this past offseason). He finished the year having allowed just two sacks and 18 pressures in over 1,000 snaps, according to College Football Focus.

Originally an Auburn Tiger, Westerman was a consensus top-five offensive line prospect entering college. He finished the 2015 season as a member of the All-Pac-12 second team.

What they're saying:

Westerman has been drawing very strong reviews from the online scouting community.

What to watch for:

Defensive line is one of the deepest groups in this year's draft class, and Westerman should find himself in a matchup(s) with Sheldon Day, Adolphus Washington, Carl Nassib or Austin Johnson. How he holds up will be interesting to watch, considering the week he's had so far.

Early Takeaway:

His stock has ranged from the third-round to the fifth-round in recent months, however it is hard to imagine him slipping past the third should he perform well during the contest on Saturday.

D.J. Foster, RB -- No. 18, North Team



Foster was a last-minute addition to the event, as he is hoping to improve his stock while in Mobile.

It appears as though the former Sun Devil will be re-transitioning back to running back in the NFL after practicing exclusively out of the backfield on Thursday.

After making the move full-time to receiver, Foster produced a career-low 9.9 yards per catch, while only rushing the ball 55 times for 280 yards. There was much debate as to which role would suit his stock at the best level, and it appears an answer has been reached, for now.

What they're saying:

Foster's route running out of the backfield has been touted, but he also was on the wrong end of a big defensive play during practice on Thursday.

What to watch for:

Where will Foster line up? Seems as though he will only see time at running back, but whether or not his versatility will prove a benefit rather than a hindrance has yet to be determined.

Early Takeaway:

Foster's stock clearly was hurt by his performance in 2015, as well as his team's. One could figure he'd manage to sustain a career serving in a capacity similar to that of Joique Bell of the Detroit Lions or in fashion similar to how Shane Vereen of the New York Giants was utilized when he was on the New England Patriots.

Foster figures to be a player who is often aligned in the slot as a receiver because of his "quicks and hands." Most likely, at his current weight, teams will probably view him as a change-of-pace tailback rather than an every-down ball carrier.