Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday notes from NFL Combine (Jerel Worthy)

Jerel Worthy was the only Spartan to do drills today in Indianapolis, as it was the day for defensive linemen and linebackers to perform on the field. Worthy came into the day being a likely late first- or early second-round pick. His results were as follows:

40-yard dash: 5.08 seconds

Vertical jump: 28.5 inches

Broad jump: 107 inches

3-cone drill: 7.60 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.56 seconds

It doesn't appear that Worthy did the bench press. Overall, Worthy's speed numbers weren't spectacular, but some of these drills aren't that important for defensive linemen. For example, the 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash is more important than the 40 itself.

I asked National Football Post's Dion Caputi if Worthy hurt or helped himself at all. Caputi responded that Worthy "had a good overall day; didn't hurt himself, didn't harm himself. Did well in flashing his quickness though."

But Russ Lande of Sporting News said Worthy could fall, possibly to the third round. Lande wrote: "Worthy didn't work out as well as he's capable of Monday. He looked out of sorts in the bag and pass rush drills. He did run well in the 40-yard dash for his size, but that was really the only area he looked good. Worthy showed poor balance and no true explosiveness throughout his workout. Once viewed as a first-round pick, he's the type of player who could continue to fall, possibly all the way to the third round.

After he was finished, Worthy tweeted "Didn't do to bad today. Always can be better. Now time pro day prep time. The dream is right around the corner"

Tomorrow is the final day, when Trenton Robinson and the other defensive backs will perform in drills.

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