Ohio State Senior
PROS: A long, athletic player with a good frame. Has a nice first step and good straight-line speed. Flashes potential as a bull rusher and works well on stunts. Is capable in pursuit and shows ability to make the stop at the point of attack.
CONS: Needs to improve and play with better base when trying to get leverage vs. the run. Needs to get off blocks better at the point of attack. He spends too much time on the ground. Needs to improve his recognition vs. the run and breaking down in space.
OVERVIEW: He plays inside when the Buckeyes use 4 linemen, and plays end when they go to a 3-man front. He projects better at the latter spot in the pros.
NFL FORECAST: Worthington is one of those players that impresses you with his physical tools, and then goes out and makes a few plays per game, and you get intrigued by his upside. But he's not a polished player yet, and might be a bit overmatched at first in the pros. He fits best in a 3-4 scheme playing end. In that scheme, he can come in right away and contribute in a rotation, and then two or three years down the road should be able to fill the mantle as a starter. But I think he should be brought along slowly. He coudl play in a 4-3 scheme, where he could play end on running downs and tackle on passing downs. But he'd have to fill out his frame quite a bit to work as a full-time tackle since he wouldn't be able to hold up vs. the run against NFL guards and centers. He'll never be a great pass rusher regardless of the scheme, but can be a guy that can get 3-5 sacks per year as a starter.
ATL FORECAST: Worthington wouldn't be a good fit for the Falcons unless they planned to move to the 3-4. He is a similar player to Jamaal Anderson, but probably a bit more explosive. But he's not big enough to play inside, and not quick to play outside. So he's a tweener in the 4-3 that could contribute somewhat at end. But not good enough to be an impact player in the rotation.
VALUE: For a 3-4 team looking for an end with starting potential, Worthington would be a solid fourth or fifth round pick.
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