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Another look at Paul Worrilow's pro day numbers

Atlanta's emerging middle linebacker wasn't invited to the Combine, but if the pro day results listed on NFL Draft Scout are to be believed, he has the gifts to become a star.

In fact, that's the real knock on his results - some of the numbers are so good that you have to question whether they're accurate. In particular, the agility drills should make you question the validity of NFL Draft Scout's numbers.

We'll hit those drills later. First, the more popular stuff:

Bench press (225 pounds) = 30 reps.

I won't bother with a list of names and results for this one. The guy is certainly strong enough to make a tackle, which he has demonstrated repeatedly this preseason.

If you're interested in how he compares to other Falcons linebackers, he's well above average. Sean Weatherspoon did 34 at his Combine, upping the count to 35 at his pro day. The other Falcons linebackers are typically in the 20s.

40-yard dash = 4.59 seconds.

Note that Delaware's pro day was in wind and cold, not on an indoor track like the Combine. And his time is pretty sweet for an interior linebacker. For that matter, it's an excellent mark even for an outside pass rushing specialist.

By comparison:

4.42 = Von Miller
4.48 = Spencer Adkins
4.52 = Sean Weatherspoon (pro day - 4.62 at Combine)
4.55 = Matt Hansen (converted safety)
4.57 = Brian Urlacher
4.58 = Ray Lewis
4.58 = Luke Kuechly
4.59 = Paul Worrilow
4.62 = Clay Matthews
4.64 = Stephen Nicholas
4.67 = Curtis Lofton (pro day - 4.79 at Combine)
4.67 = Arthur Brown
4.70 = Robert James
4.72 = Pat Schiller
4.73 = Akeem Dent
4.75 = Manti Te'o
4.75 = Kroy Biermann (pro day - 4.85 at Combine)
4.81 = Jonathan Massaquoi
4.81 = J.J. Watt
4.84 = Bear Woods
4.85 = Joplo Bartu

Worrilow's time stands up quite well, and it suggests he has the pure speed to play outside or inside and to be a potential pass rush linebacker if the coaching staff opted to use him in that role.

Vertical jump = 34.5 inches

Not his best drill, and perhaps his worst showing among the basic drills. But it's still not bad - it's slightly better than Massaquoi (34.0" at his pro day) or Lofton (best = 32") or Arthur Brown (32.5") or Stephen Nicholas (33.5"), among others.

So he doesn't stand out like Weatherspoon (40") here, but it's not a red flag against him either. (For anyone who's wondering, this might have been Joplo Bartu's best drill at 39.5", while Robert James jumped 31" at his pro day.)

Broad jump = 10 feet, 4 inches

In this crazy era of "Moneyball"-inspired GoofyMetrics, the emerging theory is that the broad jump (along with the vertical jump) can help measure a pass rusher's potential explosiveness through the line and around the edge. I'm not sure I buy into it, but if we're ever going to find a way to measure "explosiveness" at the snap, it makes sense that someone who does well in it would also do pretty well in something like the broad jump, where your legs propel you foward as much as possible.

If there's any truth to it at all, then Worrilow has some explosive potential. Some examples:

10' 6" = Von Miller
10' 4" = Paul Worrilow
10' 3" = Sean Weatherspoon
10' 3" = Akeem Dent
10' 1" = Clay Matthews
10' 0" = J.J. Watt
9' 10" = Joplo Bartu
9' 9" = Kroy Biermann
9' 9" = Malliciah Goodman
9' 8" = Arthur Brown
9' 7" = Pat Schiller
9' 6" = Robert James
9' 5" = Manti Te'o
9' 4" = Curtis Lofton
9' 2" = Stephen Nicholas
9' 1" = Bear Woods
(no listing for former 6th round pick Spencer Adkins or undrafted prospect Matt Hansen)

As you can see, Worrilow's listed number is outstanding. The only question is whether you care.

Three cone drill = 6.50 seconds.

For a linebacker, I'd consider the agility drills (shuttle and cone) to be far more significant than the jumping drills. These guys aren't typically going to bull rush offensive linemen to get to the quarterback. If they do rush, they're typically either coming through traffic or coming around the edge. They need to be able to change direction quickly. This also helps in working around the "trash" in interior run defense.

Worrilow's time is beyond good. It's un-freaking-believable. Seriously. This number is so amazingly good, especially for a linebacker, that you can't help but think someone at NFL Draft Scout made a mistake. This is an impressive time even for a cornerback or wide receiver. If it's anywhere close to reality, Worrilow would rank among the most agile linebackers of all time:

6.42 = Jeffrey Maehl (best time at 2011 Combine)
6.46 = Dane Sanzenbacher
6.50 = Paul Worrilow
6.50 = Chris Rainey (best time at 2012 Combine)
6.52 = Will Davis (best time at 2013 Combine)
6.57 = Harry Douglas (best time at 2008 Combine)
6.67 = Desmond Trufant
6.70 = Von Miller
6.83 = Kroy Biermann
6.88 = J.J. Watt
6.89 = Robert Alford
6.93 = Akeem Dent
6.94 = Joplo Bartu
6.99 = Sean Weatherspoon
7.07 = Arthur Brown
7.10 = Malliciah Goodman
7.13 = Manti Te'o
7.15 = Pat Schiller
7.20 = Bear Woods
7.25 = Matt Hansen
7.29 = Stephen Nicholas
7.38 = Jonathan Massaquoi
7.52 = Curtis Lofton

I added the WRs, DBs and RBs to the list to help illustrate just how insane Worrilow's time really is. If that reported time is even close to the truth, he's an amazingly agile linebacker.

20-yard shuttle (Short shuttle) = 3.97 seconds.

This is another one that seems too good to be true. A middle linebacker breaking 4 seconds in the shuttle??

3.88 = Austin Pettis
3.93 = Chris Rainey
3.97 = Dane Sanzenbacher
3.97 = Paul Worrilow
4.06 = Von Miller
4.18 = Clay Matthews
4.18 = Spencer Adkins
4.21 = J.J. Watt
4.24 = Joplo Bartu
4.25 = Matt Hansen
4.25 = Spencer Adkins
4.27 = Manti Te'o
4.30 = Kroy Biermann
4.31 = Arthur Brown
4.32 = Pat Schiller
4.38 = Akeem Dent
4.38 = Sean Weatherspoon
4.40 = Bear Woods
4.45 = Stephen Nicholas
4.48 = Malliciah Goodman
4.53 = Jonathan Massaquoi
4.54 = Curtis Lofton

Again I threw in a few WR/RB names at the top of the list to put Worrilow's time in perspective. If NFL Draft Scout didn't make an error in his listing, his time easily beat all the LBs at this year's Combine. The fastest listing for a linebacker was Zaviar Gooden, at 4.18 seconds.

So if the reported numbers are to be believed, our LB prospect is a workout superstar. He also has four years of starting experience, was team captain twice, averaged over 10 tackles per game as a senior, also led the team in tackles as a junior, and was all-conference three times.

The big knock on him is that all that experience came at a small school. On the other hand, it's a small school that had 7 players on active rosters at the end of last season.

Now throw in that he had a strong training camp, led the team in tackles in both of the first two preseason games, and added another solo tackle and an assist in just 18 snaps in the third exhibition.

If NFL Draft Scout's numbers are legit, or even anywhere close to the mark, we have ourselves a gem.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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