2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

by Cory J. Bonini on February 27, 2012 @ 14:01:20 PDT


Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy entered the 2012 NFL Draft fray as a junior, and he certainly has a major boom-or-bust quality about him. He brings interior pocket-pushing skills to the league, but he has a quit factor that would make Albert Haynesworth proud.

Worthy recorded 30 total stops and 3.5 sacks in 2011. Returning for his senior year would have made life a lot easier for scouts trying to evaluate his value.

Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Boom-or-bust prospect


  • Quick initial burst (1.76-second 10-yard split)
  • Pretty good hands - solid punch
  • Strong lower body to anchor
  • Displays the understanding of leverage use
  • Knows how to get skinny and slip through narrow creases
  • Best in a two-gap scheme against the run
  • Demonstrates vocal leadership qualities
  • Moderate upside with strong coaching


  • Looked soft and out of shape at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine (6-foot-2, 308 pounds)
  • Very limited pass-rushing repertoire
  • Seems to lose interest in making the play if he doesn't make a strong initial impact
  • Struggles shedding double teams
  • Questionable technique and conditioning

Expected draft placement

Worthy looked like a potential late first-rounder at one point, but with so many other interior lineman stepping up during the workout season, going back to the tape doesn't help Worthy all that much.

A poor effort at the Scouting Combine may force him out of the second round. He would best fit a 4-3 alignment with teams that could allow him to be groomed into the role of being a professional. He could be considered by the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.

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Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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