2012 MHR Community Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

EVANSTON IL - OCTOBER 23: Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a defensive play against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23 2010 in Evanston Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerel Worthy


With the 25th pick in the 2012 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select...

Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

Broncos GM: coffee

GM Explanation: Defensive tackle has been a weakness of the Denver Broncos for years. There was hope last year with Broderick Bunkley, but he has since moved on to the Saints. A draft class deep in DT talent allows the Broncos to get a player in the first round that can help solidify the defensive line for years to come. That player is Jerel Worthy. Worthy struggled at the NFL Combine but he shines where it matters most - on the field. A first-team All-American and All-Big Ten first-team selection, Worthy made an impact against very good competition. Jerel Worthy is a prototypical run-stopper and has shown the ability to get into the backfield. He can disrupt the offensive line at the point of attack and push them back, recording at least one tackle for loss in 9 of 14 games in 2011. The knock on Worthy is that he struggles against the double team. I think with his strength and ability this is something that he can work on and improve.

Jerel Worthy is a guy that could blossom with the great coaching of John Fox and Jack Del Rio. He is an elite DT that could become a regular Pro Bowl player. He has some learning to do and that's why I think the Broncos are the perfect location. With this coaching staff you can't pass up a guy with Worthy's potential at pick number 25. Welcome your newest Denver Bronco, Jerel Worthy.

Commissioner's Analysis: This seems like a very safe, realistic pick for the Denver Broncos as we approach the week of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Broncos have a need at the defensive tackle position, and the way the board has played out in this mock draft, this would be a very solid pick. I think looking at what this could do for guys like Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil on the outside, this could be an even more valuable selection than it appears. Worthy has a lightning quick first-step, and at times this past season, he was unblockable by just one guy alone. Opposing teams had to put two, sometimes three guys on Worthy, but there were also times when he was ineffective. With the coaching the Broncos have defensively, I think he could be an absolute stud, and if this is what Denver wound up with when the first round concluded, I can't say I'd be disappointed in the least.

Draft Recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. San Diego Chargers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

22. Cleveland Browns: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

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