Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

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Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

Postby Pudge » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:22 pm

Michigan State Junior
40: 5.03


Has a quick first step that allows him to be very effective from a 3-technique. Is able to shoot gaps and beat guards with his speed. Shows good power, able to get upfield and jolt the guard off the line. Flashes potential as a bull rusher due to his short-area power. Does a nice job making plays in backfield, able to blow up plays and be a disruptive presence. Shows ability to get his hands up when he's stalemated. Flashes a decent swim move to beat the guard or center. Has the strength and size to hold the point of attack, showing ability to get leverage and make stop. Moves well in space for a guy with his size and will get out and chase and make stops in pursuit.


Doesn't play with great technique, and doesn't quite know how to use his hands. Uses his shoulder to get leverage at the point, rather than using his hands. Plays too high at times and doesn't play with great balance. Struggles to disengage from blockers both as a pass rusher and run stopper. If he doesn't win with his initial first step or power, then he rarely wins. Even when he gets his hands inside, doesn't consistently show the know-how to be a consistent bull rusher. Gets neutralized by the double team and gets pushed off the ball at times. Too easily redirected and handle by guards and tackles that can match him in strength. Doesn't consistently fire off the ball in short-yardage and win there. Lacks ideal range and mobility when he's giving chase in space. Gets caught out of position at times against the run when he gets too far upfield.


Worthy has always been a talented and productive player at Michigan State. But the problem is that despite his physical gifts, such as very good quickness and power, his technique isn't developed. And while he is very effective and disruptive against lesser guards, and sometimes unblockable. Once there is a step-up in competition, he becomes much more average. He still should be a solid NFL player with the potential to be a playmaker up front, but it may take him some time before he learns how to use his hands better. He played predominantly in a 3-technique while at Michigan State, and was most effective in that role. When they would move him over the center or on the edge, just wasn't as effective.


(9/2) vs. Youngstown St: 1 stuff, 1 sack, 1 pressure, 1 QB hit, 1 blocked PAT
(10/1) at Ohio St: 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 pressures, 1 QB Hit
(11/12) at Iowa: 0.5 stuffs, 2 pressures, 1 blocked FG, 1 penalty (offsides)
(12/3) vs. Wisconsin: 1 stuff, 3 pressures, 1 QB Hit, key blocked: 1, 1 penalty (offsides)


2011: 14 GP/14 GS, 30 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 0 INTs, 1 PD, 0 FF, 1 FR; 2 blocked kicks
2010: 13/13-40-8.0-4.0-0-3-0-0; 1 blocked kick
2009: 13/11-37-9.0-4.5-0-2-0-1
2008: redshirted


Worthy couldn't consistently dominate at Michigan State, which I think was mainly attributed to his underdeveloped technique and hand use. If he can improve in that area at the next level, he has a lot of potential worth developing. He'll work well in a 4-3 scheme as a 3-technique or any scheme really that prefers disruptive guys. But whatever team drafts him, might have to wait the better part of three years before that player really can emerge. He should be able to definitely contribute in a rotation in the meantime, but he could be plagued with inconsistency there. That makes Worthy a bit of a boom/bust prospect. He shouldn't be an outright bust, because again he should be able to contribute in a rotation. And even if he doesn't live up to his potential, by the time his second contract rolls around some team is likely to roll the dice on his potential, so he'll continue to get opportunities to contribute. Although Worthy has the potential to be an impact defensive 4-3 tackle, as a guy that can consistently give you 3-5 sacks per year. More than likely, I'd bet he's more of a complementary player. I don't think he'll ever be a dominant guy, but if he was playing beside or with good pass rushers, then he would be a solid third or fourth option for a team up front.


Worthy could be a potential upgrade over Corey Peters as the other starting defensvie tackle, although he'll probably need a few years to get his feet wet. And by the time he's ready to be an impact and reliable pass rusher in the middle, he'll likely be taking over for Babineaux not Peters. He is a disruptive player that could definitely bolster the Falcons rotation early on off the bench where he could push the underachieving Peria Jerry off the roster. But just like Jerry, you could be looking at Worthy three years from now as a bit of a bust and underachieving backup. And with the Falcons likely incorporating more two-gap looks under Mike Nolan, he's not a great fit there. He can definitely add depth in Atlanta with starting potential, but isn't an ideal fit for the current scheme.


Worthy has first round potential, but because he's still fairly raw and a bit too inconsistent as a disruptor, he's much safer value in the middle or latter half of the second round.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 7.5
Point of Attack: 5.0
Quickness: 7.5
Pass Rush: 7.0
Motor: 5.5
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