For this draft pick by the Carolina Panthers, and all selections from this point forward, we will be breaking the move down into four categories. Each category is worth up to 25 points and a final grade will be handed out based on the total score. These are the definitions of each category:
Player- How has the player produced to this point in his career? Where does he rank among other players at his position?
Team Fit- How does he fit within the offensive or defensive scheme?
Team Need- Is this position a weak spot on the roster? Does this move strengthen the position?
Draft Value- Where did the player get drafted? Where was he projected to go?
Grade: 20 out of 25
Worley racked up the stats in three years at West Virginia with a tremendous junior year which saw him log six picks and 12 pass breakups to go with nearly 50 tackles, earning him All-Big 12 first team honors.
The former Mountaineer has almost an identical skill set to Norman and second round pick James Bradberry. He’s 6-foot-1, 204-pounds with 33-inch arms and plays as a zone cover corner with terrific ball skills to go after passes and jump routes while also making plays in the run game.
Grade: 25 out of 25
Much of this grade will be identical to that of Bradberry’s because of the uncanny similarities between the two players.
Like Bradberry, Worley is a perfect fit for what the Panthers do defensively in coverage. As a tall, long cornerback who thrives in zone coverage and has the ability to break on the ball and make plays in the running game too. With Bene Benwikere set to be the first starter out wide, Worely will likely compete with Bradberry for the starting spot and overall playing time.
Grade: 25 out of 25
The Panthers needed at least one cornerback in this draft and it’s frankly not much of a surprise that they went with two.
Worley, like Bradberry, is a perfect fit at a position of need in the Carolina defense. Stocking up on as many prototypical cornerbacks is clearly the route that Gettleman and company wanted to take at some point in this draft and as he said in his presser after the pick, both players had second round grades and weren’t a reach for them.
Grade: 23 out of 25
Not many analysts and experts had Worley quite this high but the only real draft board that matters is Carolina’s where, as previously mentioned, they apparently had a second round grade on him.
They needed cornerback help and to find the next potential Josh Norman for their system and trading up, giving up not much in the process, made sense for the Panthers to do if they did indeed have such a high grade on Worley.
Grade: 93 out of 100
With all things considered, the choice to move up and select Worley was terrific one for the Panthers and hit on almost every category.
He’s a quality player that has proven he can compete against top competition as evidenced by his All-Big 12 first team honor. He fills a massive need for the team and has the ideal skill set for a player at his position within the Carolina defense. And with a second round grade from the team, being selected in the third makes it a quality value pick as well.
Worley will give the Panthers yet another young corner that they can use to potentially fill the hole that Norman left and give them depth as well.