Jerel Worthy (99) of the Michigan State Spartans looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Let's continue our 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profiles with a player I really have not seen connected to the New York Giants, but one who might be intriguing if he is sitting there for the Giants with the 64th pick at the end of the second round. Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is a player Wes Bunting of the National Football Post puts in the category of guys with first-round talent likely to be available in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
"A talented kid with a thick frame, "plus" get off burst and snap awareness to his game. However, doesn't shed blocks well when engaged and lacks ideal anchor ability inside. Looks like a one-gap type lineman only who could give solid reps at both nose and three-technique in a 43 front. But is going to need some time before he's ready to start."
Is defensive tackle a high priority for the Giants in the draft? No. Acquiring value always is a priority for general manager Jerry Reese, and if he is still available at the end of the second round Worthy might be a value worth snapping up.
"Worthy is an extremely thick, tightly built defensive tackle who displayed a ton of power throughout his career at Michigan State. He chose to forgo his senior year and looks prepared to be an immediate rotational player on the front of a 4-3 scheme. He is capable of playing the nose if necessary, but has the athleticism to be a sub-package 3-technique rusher."
From Sideline Scouting:
Positives -- Reasonably good athlete, quick first step, explodes off the snap, does a nice job anticipating snap counts, can knife into gaps and be very disruptive, gets in the backfield quickly and closes in a hurry... When he wins first step Worthy can dominate.
Negatives -- Lack of pass rush, struggles when he doesn't win with first step, lacks counter-moves... Doesn't make a lot of impact plays, doesn't stuff the stat sheet, doesn't make plays away from his frame.
Jerel Worthy Profile
School: Michigan State
40 time: 5.08
2011 Stats: 30 tackles (10.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks
Complete List Of Prospect Profiles
Kelcie McCray, SS, Arkansas State
Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Amini Solatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
Desmond Wynn, OG, Rutgers
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson