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.
- 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.
About Cory J. Bonini
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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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