2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Michigan DE Chris Wormley

We’re back again breaking down prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, set to kick off on April 27th through the 29th. Our goal this season is to write reports on at least 150 players and hopefully, as many as 200. It will, of course, have a focus on Pittsburgh Steelers’ wants and needs but we will look big-picture too at the best players in this year’s draft.

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#43 Chris Wormley/DE Michigan – 6’5″ 297

The Good:

– Extends arms well to keep blockers off his body
– Has a good motor and is willing to chase plays 20+ yards down the field
– Uses his size and strength well to anchor the line of scrimmage
– Comes out low with strong, power hips
– Works his way down the line of scrimmage
– Handles double teams by keeping low and maintaining his ground
– Stunts inside to create pressure, seems to get more leverage against guards and centers
– Can play both three or five tech
– Strong run defender.

The Bad:

– Doesn’t always get a quick first step across line, especially when facing quicker blockers
– Doesn’t have any refined pass rushing moves: can swim or bull rush, but more power than skill based
– Gets caught over pursuing and taking bad angles when rushing the quarterback outside
– Not overly athletic


– Three year lettermen for the Wolverines
– Finished with 123 career tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, and two pass deflections
– Started 30 games for the Wolverines, while playing in 51 games total
– Co-captain in 2016
– AP Division I All-Ohio first-team and co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
– High school lettermen in basketball and track and field
– Attended Toledo Whitmer High School

Tape Breakdown:

Wormley shows off his good motor and balance when he gets knocked down by a chip block, springs back up, and makes the tackle three yards downfield.

The defender works through the guard and center at the line of scrimmage to locate the ball carrier and bring him violently to the ground.

He gets his arms up to protect his body, reads the play well, and finds the back, and brings him down for a minimal gain.

Wormley exploded off the snap, got inside quickly, then over pursued but had more balance and speed than the blocker he was facing to finish off the quarterback.

Wormley is a better fit for the 3-4 that the Steelers run versus a 4-3 where his lack of pass rushing moves and quickness would be more of a factor. The beefy defender does a great job of holding his ground and forcing plays back inside which is what a five tech needs to do with some pass rushing power. The former Wolverine will need to improve his technique when coming after the signal caller, but can be a strong run stopper in year one.

Projection: Mid Day Two

Games Watched: at Florida State, at Ohio State, vs Wisconsin, vs Penn State, at Iowa, vs. Indiana

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Jourdan LewisTakkarist McKinleyBrad KaayaNathan PetermanO.J. Howard
Charles HarrisAlvin KamaraTyus BowserDavid NjokuDeMarcus Walker
Chidobe AwuzieDeShone KizerMarlon MackCameron SuttonZach Cunningham
Corey DavisCarl LawsonPatrick MahomesKareem HuntEvan Engram
Derek RiversRyan AndersonJoshua DobbsJordan LeggettSamaje Perine
Corn ElderBucky HodgesJames ConnerCooper KuppStanley Williams
Fred RossJamaal WilliamsGeorge KittleEjuan Price

  • Steelers12

    i like him but we have other needs to spend a day 2 pick on him

  • Spencer Krick

    I like him, but I’m not so sure he’s an upgrade from Walton or Mathews. If the Steelers draft a D Lineman that high, I think he’s going to have to be able to get after the QB.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Interesting how he was mocked to us in round 4 but is projected here to go late round 2 or early round 3.

  • VaDave

    DEs we got. What we need is an un-blockable force in the middle ala Joel Steed or Big Snack.

  • LucasY59

    I could see them invest another 3rd rd pick on the DL, so if he is available he could be the pick, but Wormley will likely be taken earlier than that, so I would pass on him in the 2nd

  • Seb Heuermann

    I would like a breakdown of Adoree Jackson or Eddie Jackson or even Michael Jackson

  • Matt Manzo

    Not what we need for a 2nd/3rd rounder. If he was there in the 4th, sure. But I think there will be better value in 2 and 3.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That is my thoughts exactly. I do not mind him if its in the 4th but if Jarron Jones is available I would rather have him.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Hmmmm.. If he drops 25-30 pounds and can be converted to OLB then ok… Otherwise DE depth isn’t that serious.

  • Conserv_58

    There is a prototypical Steelers type NT from Utah that would be a great fit in that role. I don’t remember his name, but he’s built very much like Casey is.

  • Conserv_58

    I can see Colbert selecting a DE for developmental reasons, but I think he can find one at their #5 pick.

  • VaDave

    Yeah, I know who your talking about. I can’t remember his name either. I sure hope the FO is going to pass something like this up because they signed Aulualu.