NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
As I was going through my green notebook with all my notes on this years prospects, I was struggling with who I wanted to write about next. Then I saw on the QB thread a few posts come up about Chris Wromley and went back to see what I had on him. I had scouted him over the summer but had not watched anything from this year, so I sat down and went through 4 of Michigan’s games I had on the DVR. Here is what I came away with after studying him a little closer.
Name: Chris Wormley, (#43)
School: Michigan (Sr.)
Height: 6’5″ (Senior Bowl)
Weight: 297 Lbs. (Senior Bowl)
While Wormley played primarily at Defensive End in college, he has the frame and bulk to play on the inside as well, giving him versatility along the defensive line. He has a strong lower half to his body, allowing him to handle double teams and hold his ground. He shows strong, active hands and a good bull rush to create some pressure on the QB. He is a very smart, disciplined player. He does a nice job setting the edge and playing with good leverage. He is very disciplined and excellent against the run. Wormley seems to do the dirty work to allow his more athletically gifted teammates make the plays. He keeps his eyes up and knows where the ball is and rarely gets himself out of position. He is a hard worker and was a team captain for a team that was full of future NFL players. He plays the game with a high motor and wins with effort more than athletic ability.
Wormley probably played out of position at Michigan as he does not have the athletic skills to be a pass rusher at the next level. He is inconsistent with his first step and can be neutralized when he cannot win with power. He has a decent rip move, but outside of that, his pass rush moves are non existent. Wormley would go long stretches where he disappeared and had little to no impact for entire games.
I think Wormley will benefit from a move inside. He has the size and the growth potential to handle the duties of a 3-tech in the NFL. While he may not impress you from an athletic standpoint, he is one of those guys you have on your team that does all the little things right and makes the players around him better because of it. He is known as a team leader and good locker room presence and would be an excellent addition to any locker room. He is very intelligent player that is disciplined in his assignments and wins with high effort. He has a chance to be one of those smaller Defensive Tackles who can be disruptive up the middle if he can be more consistent with his first step and develop some additional pass rush moves. I think a team like the Patriots will love his leadership off the field and his versatility on it. For me, I could see him going late Day 2/early Day 3.