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.
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:
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.