Worthen Draft Analysis

Shawn Worthen

Defensive Tackle
316 pounds
Born 9/12/78



The range of opinions on most players varies, especially later in the draft. Here are snippets of information from various draft experts on the Vikings’ first fourth-round compensatory pick, defensive tackle Shawn Worthen:

Ourlads: "Has big thighs and a wide somewhat flabby upper body. Better run defender than pass rusher. Has a good combination of power and initial quickness. Strong in his initial pop to neutralize blocks at the point-of-attack. Extends his arms aggressively. Works actively down the line though he only has ordinary speed. Needs to protect his legs better. Has a tendency to play too high. Needs to get lower on his pass rush and do a better job of driving with his legs. Lacks good rush moves. Sluggish redirecting off blocks to the quarterback. More quick than agile. Plays with effort. Did some positive things in the postseason."

Lone Star Football: "Solid, high-motor player who doesn’t make big mistakes. Earned first-team All-WAC as a senior and won’t get manhandled at the point of attack and plays in the passing game as part of a solid defensive line with plenty of help. Won’t give up at the point and doesn’t often get put on skates … Physically, doesn’t stand out in any particular area and didn’t make a ton of plays — even against average competition. Questionable balance and doesn’t get off the ball that quickly and doesn’t excite with his athleticism."

Joel Buschbaum (PFW): "Wide, thick and bulky. Strong. Can play with leverage. Pretty instinctive and aware vs. the run. Plays hard and competes. Weight room regular. Squats more than 600 pounds … Lacks height. Is not a very effective pass rusher. Not a great athlete. More of an effort guy than a natural athlete."


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