Much like Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, Chris Wormley spent most of his final season playing out of position as part of a team oriented move. Wormley is a natural 5 technique defensive end with the athletic ability to shift inside to the 3 technique position during sub packages. Wormley spent most of his senior season playing at the 7 technique which is typically occupied by EDGE rushers of a much smaller size and a more athletic profile. Wormley still has solid tape despite playing out of position demonstrating translatable run stuffing and pass rushing traits. The redshirt Senior continued to get better throughout his career at Michigan; but will he continue to get better throughout his career in the NFL?
Name: Chris Wormley
Position: 5-Tech DE
Class: Senior (RS)
Comparison: Cam Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Grade: 1st Round
Hand Technique: Heavy hands that jolt and swat offensive lineman. Good initial punch but doesn’t constantly use his powerful hands to his advantage throughout his pass rush. Uses his length to his advantage to get his hands inside and stack and shed the offensive lineman. Has the length and initial hand quickness to really stack offensive lineman against their own will, this lead me to believe he will be extremely effective as a two gapper.
Run Stuffing: Long arms that he used to his advantage, stacking offensive lineman against their own will. Strong base allowing him to anchor and set the edge against the run. His length, anchor and powerful hands should allow him to be an effective two gapper at the next level.
Pash Rushing: Quick first step and impressive lateral agility for someone of his length and size. Way to quick for interior offensive lineman when rushing the passer. Utilized his length to stack and shuck opposing offensive lineman. Wormley also possesses a wicked rip move that he probably learned while working with Michigan edge rushers and coaches. Rapidly improved as a pass rusher throughout his career at Michigan.
Effort/Motor: Whistle to whistle football player who played a ton of snaps for the Wolverines. Constant pursuit of the ball carrier and quarterback know matter the score or quarter.
Quickness/COD: Really quick first step for someone of his length and size. Wormley also moves well laterally and has the ankle flexion to help him redirect inside and utilize his strong rip move. Natural 5 tech but will be able to stick on third downs due to his foot quickness and constant improvement as a pass rusher.
Strengths: Versatile defensive lineman who constantly improved throughout his time at Michigan. Night and day difference as a pass rusher leading me to believe he puts in the work to be the best he can be. Received praise from Coach Harbaugh as one of the hardest workers and highest character individuals their program has to offer. Wormley is an immediate starter at the 5 tech position with the natural athleticism to move inside during sub packages. Wormley plays with great leverage and has the anchor to be an effective two gapper. He also possesses the motor and quickness to shoot a gap and rush the quarterback in one gap schemes. All of his weaknesses have constantly been proved upon.
Weaknesses: Although Wormley is agile for his size, he isn’t the most flexible defensive lineman. Wormley really struggled up until his Junior and Senior year as a pass rusher. He really struggled stringing pass rushing moves together and got over powered by stronger offensive lineman. Wormley will need to continue to fill out his long frame and get stronger within the upper body to withstand the bigger and stronger offensive lineman. Torn ACL dating back to 2012.