Former Oklahoma receiver and Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. While that might not seem like a big deal, it’s an usual case considering that he was a Heisman finalist, but also because he has such a checkered past.
He was arrested twice on misdemeanor family violence complaints, but no charges stuck. He also was reportedly kicked out of an interview at the NFL Combine last month.
And he hasn’t exactly had a lot of nice things said about him either:
It looks like Westbrook is denying being kicked out of the combine, but it doesn’t sound very convincing.
“I don’t think I was necessarily kicked out of a Combine interview,” Westbrook told reporters after he was picked.
Asked more broadly what happened, Westbrook said, “I have no idea. I’m not aware of that.”
“At the end of the day that’s up to me, and I’ve overcome adversity many times in my life and it’s just another chance for me to overcome it,” Westbrook said. “I thank the Jacksonville Jaguars for giving me the opportunity to do that in their organization.”
Jags general manager David Caldwell knows that Westbrook has a lot of baggage he’s bringing with him, but is confident in the homework his team has done. He also mentioned that the troubled receiver will have “no margin for error” when he ends up in rookie training camp.
[h/t Pro Football Talk]