Draft Profile: Jason Worilds

NAME – Jason Worilds.

Position – Defensive end/Outside linebacker.

College – Virginia Tech.

Status – Red-shirt junior.

Size/Weight – 6-1 1/8, 254 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.65 seconds in 40-yard dash, 24 reps on bench press, 38-inch vertical jump, 9-foot 6-inch broad jump. (Reportedly ran a 4.49 in the 40 at his Pro Day workout.)

Age – 22.

Honors – Second-team All-ACC defense ‘08 and ‘09.

College career – Worilds’ career started slowly, as he had to battle dislocated shoulders in both the ‘06 and ‘07 season. When he got the chance to play in 2008, he produced with 12.5 sacks over two seasons and became one of the team’s leading tacklers.

Stats of note – 41 games/25 starts … 132 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 15 sacks … 2 passes broken up, 3 forced fumbles, 1 blocked kick.

STRENGTHS – Explosive off the edge, with good speed and a burst … his motor doesn’t stop and he does a very good job in pursuit, seldom slowing down … does not have great strength, but plays with power … he’s a reliable tackler and is smooth when he drops into coverage … experienced special teams player.

WEAKNESSES – A tweener in size and that may cost him when teams are trying to decide how he’ll adapt to OLB … although he willingly mixes it up, he does not anchor well against the run … he needs to develop more pass rush moves.

THE RIGHT 53? – Tough, feisty, versatile and a hard worker, Worilds would be a good addition to any playing rotation. Plus, he’s very good on special teams. He brings a lot to the table for us a young man. Only question is durability, since he missed games each

What he said – “When you watch me play, the first thing that jumps out at you is my initial burst up the field.  I think that is definitely one of my strong points, and it helps me demand respect from the offensive tackles from a speed perspective.”

End game – A very interesting athlete with what should be a huge upside moving to outside linebacker. Worilds has the type of skills that are not easily found in the same package. That’s a indicator that a strong team at the bottom of the first round may go for him. More likely, he’s a second-round selection.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Worilds must be under consideration on his athletic ability alone. He may not be around at the top of the third round, so if the Chiefs have an interest they’d have to go with the 50th spot to get him. That might be too high of a spot for Pioli/Haley to consider him, especially with other needs at other positions.

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