As a whole, the 2012 NFL Draft is not considered a deep one, but the defensive line is one among two or three positions that are very deep. Dontari Poe, Devon Still, and Fletcher Cox are among some of the defensive tackles have first round grades. Along with them, one very intriguing prospect for the New York Giants is defensive tackle Jerel Worthy out of Michigan State.
In most other drafts, Worthy would be talked about as a top-15 selection, but the defensive tackle position is particularly deep this season.
Worthy is a very impressive player and nothing less than a disruptive force on a play to play basis during his time at Michigan State. Over his three seasons there, he had no less than 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Worthy lines up typically in 4-3 sets exclusively and is good lining up on both the inside and outside shoulder of offensive guards.
For his 308 pound frame, Worthy is phenomenal at both driving opposing offensive linemen into the backfield and swimming past opposing linemen. His agility can sneak up on opponents. And for the Giants, drafting in the front seven just makes too much sense.
Jerry Reese recently hinted that the team was worried about second year player Marvin Austin. The North Carolina defensive linemen tor a pectoral in preseason in 2010 after a season in which he sat out at North Caroline due to a suspension by the NCAA. With both Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy unrestricted free agents, Austin is one of only three incumbent defensive tackles on the roster. The Giants would obviously prefer to have more depth there.
Worthy might be the best player available in the defensive front seven come the end of the first round.
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