Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Chris Wormley

Chris Wormley, Michigan
6-5, 298
Wormley came to Michigan from Toledo, Ohio, where he was voted as the Ohio Division One High School Player of the Year. He ended up being a five year player for Michigan, including his redshirt season as a true freshman.
In his first year on the field, he recorded 19 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, and one PBU. For his second season, he recorded 21 tackles, five TFLs, and three sacks, and added two QB hurries.
As a junior, Wormley doubled his tackle totals to 43, and added 14.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, one PBU, two QB hurries, and a forced fumble.
As a senior, he recorded 39 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, and five QB hurries. He also added three blocked kicks to his resume.
He was named third team All-Big 10 in 2015, and first team in 2016.
The Good
Intimidating frame that matches with tackles.
Very good length, and can also switch up and play inside.
Arm length lends to skill as a kick blocker. He blocked three kicks last season.
Has enough power to collapse the middle of the line, or collapse the edge in a hurry.
Patient tackler that does not bite on play fakes.
Can play up or down.
Strong pursuit speed, does not give up on the play.
Power in lower body will drive back blockers.
Uses arms to create separation from blockers.
Has the ability to bust through gaps.
Keeps working in traffic and does not lose sight of the objective.
Very good in pursuit, and will work across the field to make a play.
Doesn't get knocked down, even in traffic. Amazing balance for someone his size.
Plays with his brain.
The Bad
Slow to redirect himself when he gets knocked off course.
Looks average athletically on film.
Straight up bull rusher who can get stonewalled at the point of attack.
Hand moves are average.
Does not pop off the blocker, and will ride the wave.
His feet look sluggish to me, and his game is more power than technique.
His numbers are not eye popping on any level.
Final Overview
Wormley is a player who coaches tend to love. He will do all of the little things, and will basically play wherever you want him to. He does not flash excellent athleticism all of the time, but there is enough there to warrant consideration. I see him more as a second rounder due to his versatility, as he can play inside or out, and can be used in the middle as a kick blocker on special teams. Some teams may like him enough to reach into the first round, but I would not do that myself. He is a high character guy, which will help his case.

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