Evan Worthington

Colorado
S
DB65

Prospect Info

College
Colorado
Hometown
Class
Aurora, Colo.
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
212 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.75
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.63
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.07
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.37
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.88
Seconds
 

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A three-sport star in high school (football, basketball, track) in nearby Aurora, Colo., Worthington earned playing time as a true freshman for the Buffaloes. He started three of 12 games played and made 31 tackles. Worthington was a reserve in 2015 (two tackles in 11 games) and then was suspended for the 2016 season for violating team rules. While away, he took a semester off of school (working as a security guard) and changed his last name from White to Worthington, his mother's maiden name. He was allowed to return in 2017 and made most of the opportunity by making a team-high 66 solo tackles (86 total, six for loss), intercepting three passes, and breaking up seven others. Worthington was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a senior (48 tackles, three for loss, one INT, six PBU) despite starting just nine games due to a concussion.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
John Johnson
Overview
Versatile defensive back with the tools and traits for catch disruption as a future NFL starter. Worthington's value to teams could depend on where they project him since he's played all over the field. He has the size and athleticism to handle a variety of man-cover targets from the slot, but his length, ball skills and range could be coveted as a deep safety. He could use more toughness as a run defender, but his traits and skill level might make him a future starter if his football character doesn't backslide.
Strengths
  • Offers versatility as interchangeable safety and as a big nickel slot
  • Comes into camp with ready-made NFL size
  • Twitched-up movements for early response
  • Wide net tackler who runs the alley effectively
  • Rangy and covers ground quickly
  • Smooth pedal from single-high
  • Above-average ball-tracking and finds proper positioning
  • Hips are fluid allowing for unencumbered transitions
  • Carries quality play speed
  • Gets up high to challenge and catch at high-point
  • Solid burst challenging the passing lane
  • Closes and tackles quickly before YAC damage can be done
Weaknesses
  • Work ethic has been an issue in the past
  • Suspended for entire 2016 season
  • Finesse playing style for his size
  • Gears down into contact
  • More likely to grab and drag than stick and drive as finisher
  • Keeps eyes glued on downfield target rather than getting head around
  • Tilted off-balance by stem baits in man coverage
  • Missed time as a freshman and as a senior with concussions
Sources Tell Us

"On tape, I thought his best position might be high (safety) but he's so big and quick that I'll bet he ends up getting a shot in big-nickel packages to help with athletic tight ends." -- Defensive backs coach for AFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league