Thompson makes his move: DE Jerel Worthy : Packers Insider

Thompson makes his move: DE Jerel Worthy

April 27, 2012 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, senior analyst

~Ted Thompson turned back the clock to 2009 and made some aggressive moves to trade up to bolster his 3-4 defense.

Thompson traded his own 2nd round pick and his 4th round pick to move up to the 51 spot to select the Warren Sapp-clone, Jerel Worthy from Michigan State. 

Jerel Worthy may make fans forget about Cullen Jenkins. Or at least forget about that guy from Purdue who was supposed to replace Jenkins.

Many people thought Worthy was worth a late 1st round pick, and I had him to Green Bay in my April 19th mock draft as one of my sources told me that the Packers were very high on Worthy. They were correct, and when he slid to that point, the Packers felt like this was a move they had to make.

To come away with OLB Nick Perry, and DE Jerel Worthy may prove to be as important as the 1-2 duo from the 2009 Draft, BJ Raji and Clay Matthews. Both guys were clearly worthy of being taken in the first round, and the Packers got them both. It’s reminiscent of the Raji & Matthews daily double.

Worthy is 6-2 1/2, 305, and very quick. He took over the game against the Badgers at key times.

Here’s the lay-down on Worthy from Sports Illustrated:

Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors last season with totals of 38 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Sophomore totals included 40/8/4.

Positives: Nice-sized defensive lineman who can be a disruptive force up the field. Explosive, displays tremendous first-step quickness and gets a lot of momentum going. Fires through the open gaps of the offensive line, keeps his feet moving on contact and consistently doubled by opponents. Stays on his feet, tough to knock off the point and has the ability change directionor redirect to ball-carriers. Quick in all aspects of the game, displays a burst of closing speed and has enough power to bull rush blockers off the line.

Negatives: Marginal skills rushing the passer. Gets lazy with his fundamentals. Slow getting his hands up and plays tall, which makes him an easy target for opponents. Neutralized by a single blocker all too often.

Analysis: When on his game Worthy is an unstoppable force who collapses the pocket or occupies blockers, which allows his teammates to make plays. He comes with a terrific amount of upside, and if he’s able to concentrate on the details of his position, Worthy will be a productive starter at the next level.

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