Jerel Worthy Entering 2012 NFL Draft, Leaving Michigan State Early

EVANSTON IL - OCTOBER 23: Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans moves past a block attempt by Brian Mulroe #72 of the Northwestern Wildcats with his sights set on Dan Persa #7 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; Brian Mulroe; Dan Persa

Another top defensive talent declared for the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday: Michigan State big man Jerel Worthy.

Shortly after one potential first round defensive lineman announced his collegiate return, another has declared he's going pro. Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is leaving us, perhaps landing as high as the 20s in the 2012 NFL Draft. SBNation.com's most recent NFL mock draft had Worthy ending up going No. 30 to the New England Patriots.

BTNStatsGuy@BTNStatsGuy Jerel Worthy confirms that he is leaving #MichiganState to enter the NFL Draft. 3rd #B1G player with eligibility remaining to leave. #MSU

Standing six-foot-three and 310 pounds, Worthy led MSU to a No. 6 defensive ranking, racking up 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks on the year. Here's how we'll remember him, larking all over the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl:

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And here's Ryan Van Bibber on Worthy to the Pats, which would require Bill Belichick to somehow decide not to trade down:

You can almost guarantee that this pick, and probably the next one, will be traded before the shooting stops on the first night of the draft. For the sake of mocking, let's put Worthy here because he gives the Pats a much needed shot of youth along their defensive line.

For more on the Spartans, visit Michigan State blog The Only Colors and SB Nation Detroit. For more NFL Draft, visit Mocking the Draft.

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