Cornelius Wortham Signs with Seahawks

The Seahawks have announced the signing of seventh-round draft pick, OLB Cornelius Wortham. Wortham, who was drafted 235th overall and played his college ball at Alabama, was considered by Senior Analyst Rob Rang to be one of the better second-day value picks.

Terms of Wortham's contract are undisclosed at this time. Seattle's other seventh-round pick in 2005, Oregon State guard Doug Nienhuis, signed a 3-year deal on June 21st worth $951,200. Nienhius' 2005 cap figure is $238,733 - a similar contract for Wortham is probable.

Wortham is the Seahawks' third draft choice to sign a contract, joining Nienhuis and fifth-round choice DE Jeb Huckeba from Arkansas.


Cornelius Wortham

School: Alabama
Ht: 6-1.5
Wt: 236
40: 4.83

Bio: All-Conference selection who led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 86/3/1. Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman but was sidelined in 2003 with a dislocated elbow.

Positives: Competitive linebacker who improved his draft stock as a senior. Gets leverage on opponents, scrapes laterally through the traffic and finds the ball carrier. Fights to get off blocks and rarely off his feet. Does not bite on ball fakes, disciplined and stays with assignments. Solid playing speed and a hard-working defender who wraps up tackling. Picks up pass cover assignments and displays adequate sidelineto- sideline range.

Negatives: Not efficient, wastes a lot of motion and at times plays tentatively. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point. Analysis: Experienced at both outside and middle linebacker positions, Wortham offers solid size/speed numbers and athleticism for the next level. Best in a system that lets him flow to the ball and use his natural skills. Top Stories