Friday, April 27, 2012
Packers continue their defensive makeover
By Kevin Seifert
From a talent perspective, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy was one of the best defensive line prospects entering the NFL draft. So why was he available midway through Friday's second round in the 2012 NFL draft?
Here's part of the Scouts Inc. report on Worthy that might help answer that question:
Effort and motor can run hot and cold. 2011 film study was inconsistent. Looks like two different players versus Wisconsin (best game) and versus Michigan (arguably his worst). Will occasionally give second effort to get back involved in play, but would like to see it with more consistency.
A legitimate possibility in the first round, Worthy instead fell to No. 51 overall, prompting the defensive-needy Green Bay Packers to trade up and grab him. To move up eight spots, the Packers gladly gave up a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall), still leaving them with nine picks remaining in the final five rounds of the draft.
The Packers have moved aggressively this offseason to address their front seven, especially from a penetration and pass rush perspective. They signed free agent Anthony Hargrove to compete at defensive end, drafted outside linebacker prospect Nick Perry on Friday and now have Worthy.
We'll await word from the Packers, but you would think Worthy could play end or nose tackle in the Packers' 3-4 front. He might not be a pure pass-rusher, but his size and athletic ability makes him a strong candidate to disrupt the line of scrimmage. According to the Packers, Worthy had at least one tackle for a loss in nine games last season for the Spartans. And the beat goes on …