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Breaking down Packers draft pick Jerel Worthy

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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This is the breakdown of Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, according to PackersNews.com draft guru Pete Dougherty: • Jerel Worthy, Michigan State, 6-2 3/8, 308 Dominated in the Spartans’ Big Ten Conference championship game loss to Wisconsin. “I like him,” a scout said. “When I first saw him he flashed, sort of knocked you out. He’s like a get-off (the snap) freak. I’ve never seen anybody get off like this. He gets off the ball, he cheats, he led the NCAA in offsides (penalties), but he just has a great sense for get-off and all that stuff. But I thought he was a little bigger than he is. If you said, take away his get off and what is he? Honestly, he’s just an average player.But he makes so many plays on his get off. If they start hard counting him in the NFL and he can’t use his get off, he might not be a great player. But when he gets off he’s really good.” Entering the draft after his redshirt junior season. Three-year starter had 27½ tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his career, including 10½ and 3½ last season. Blocked three kicks in his career. Ran the 40 in 5.04 seconds, had 28½-inch vertical jump at the combine. Didn’t bench at the combine because of a pectoral injury. “He can dominate, and then he takes his plays off, just like a bunch of (defensive linemen) do,” another scout said. “Worthy’s makeup is spotty. Weight, work ethic, etc. It goes with the territory of defensive linemen.”

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