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 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 ballcarrier. 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 sideline-to-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.