|DT SHAWN WORTHEN|
The Vikings continued to get defensive with their mid-round picks in the 2001 draft, and Shawn Worthen is a selection that the team hopes will add depth along the interior of the defensive line. He can also offer a legitimate first-year option in a defensive scheme that rotates linemen, like the Vikings, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.
At 6 feet, 306 pounds, Worthen is one the 300 pounders head coach Dennis Green and vice president of personnel Frank Gilliam like in their interior linemen in the 2001 draft. Worthen came to the Vikings at the end of the fourth round with the 130th overall pick.
"I feel that I am a two-gap type person. I am very flexible against the run, and play very hard," Worthen said. "I know that my pass rushing needs improvement, but I feel that I can rush the passer and with coaching and more help I can become a great pass rusher one day."
Worthen played in seven games as a freshmen, then started each of his final three years at Texas Christian. He was second-team All-Western Athletic Conference in '99 and first-team in 2000. He had 31 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and one sack in '98, 45-11-4 in '99 and 53-13-2 in 2000.
Worthen isn't considered a great athlete, but he can stop the run and is an all-out-effort guy. He will likely battle Fred Robbins and fellow rookie Willie Howard for playing time along side Chris Hovan on the interior of the defensive line.
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