The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-round pick wide receiver Dede Westbrook, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon. As mentioned, Westbrook was the Jaguars pick in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, a pick that was a surprise to almost everyone since wide receiver was not really considered a position of need and his past off field issues that left many experts expecting him to go undrafted.
"I'm excited to sign the contract and be able to provide for my family," Westbrook said via a press release. "It wasn't just me that got here; there were a lot of people that helped me along the way. Now is a great time to acknowledge all of those individuals and I've had a chance to do that since my name was called at the draft."
Westbrook figures to be a slot receiver and kick returner for the Jaguars eventually, as he was an explosive playmaker for Oklahoma in college, winning the Biletnikoff award winner and a finalist for the Heisman trophy.
"We feel like this is a guy that can come in and contribute (at WR)," General Manager Dave Caldwell said after the Jaguars selected Westbrook back in April. "He has a lot of specialties where we can use him in different situations, and then the punt return aspect and special teams aspect of it."