Jordan Westerkamp is one of the best wide receivers in college football, according to Pro Football Focus.
The site — which focuses heavily on advanced metrics to grade players in both the NFL and college — has the Nebraska wideout as the highest-graded pass-catcher returning for the 2016 season. PFF editor in chief Jeff Dooley wrote this Wednesday about Westerkamp:
"This one likely comes as something of a surprise, as Westerkamp isn’t showing up on a lot of lists of the best receivers in college football. But he was quietly one of the most productive in 2015, and given the amount of star receivers who have moved on to the NFL since the end of last season, it leaves Westerkamp as the top-graded returner among (Power Five wideouts)."
PFF notes that Westerkamp had 2.40 yards per route ran, which ranked second among returning Power Five receivers. He also had a deepball catch rate of 52 percent, good for fourth.
In more basic measurements, Westerkamp led Nebraska last season in receptions (65), yards receiving (918) and touchdowns (7). Those numbers placed him near the top of the Big Ten in each category as well.
PFF has been bullish on Westerkamp and the NU receivers for quite some time. About midway through last season, PFF had the Husker wideouts graded fourth highest in the country. After the season ended, Westerkamp was their best slot receiver in the Big Ten.
Westerkamp returns as the presumed leader of a receiver group many peg to be top of the conference in 2016. The senior did miss all of spring practice with a groin injury but should be healthy enough for summer workouts.