Worthy with the Green Bay Packers
|No. 96 Detroit Lions|
|Date of birth:||April 26, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Dayton, Ohio|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||308 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Huber Heights (OH) Wayne|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jerel Worthy (born April 26, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Michigan State, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American.
Worthy was born in Huber Heights, Ohio. He originally attended Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio but then transferred to Wayne High School in Huber Heights, where he played high school football for the Wayne Warriors. As a senior for the Warriors, Worthy recorded 50 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 12 hurries. Worthy was also responsible for seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries 
Worthy's performance earned him a spot on the Superprep and Prepstars Midwest Teams.
Coming out of High School, Worthy was ranked the 53rd Best Defensive Tackle by Rivals.com, 78th by Scout.com, and 93rd by Scouts Inc. He was also invited to play June 14 Big 33 Football Classic. Worthy received scholarship offers from Michigan State, Akron, Cincinnati, Marshall, Nebraska, and Ohio. He was six foot two inches, 288 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds who bench pressed a maximum of 335 pounds and squatted a maximum of 470 pounds. He had a 2.8 Grade-point average.
Worthy attended Michigan State University, where he played for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 2009 to 2011. Worthy was Redshirted for his freshman year but was still named the scout team defensive player of the week versus Eastern Michigan. Coming on to the scene in 2009, he started 11 of 13 games and ranked second on the team for tackles for loss and sacks. He was named a midseason All-Big Ten and All-American by Phil Steele. At the end of the season, he was named as a freshman All-American
As a sophomore, Worthy started all 13 games at defensive tackle and lead the linemen with 40 tackles, eight of which went for a loss. He also had a team best four sacks. He was a collegefootballnews.com All-Sophomore second team selection, honorable mention Big-Ten selection by the coaches and media, and was presented Michigan State's Outstanding Underclassman Award.
For what turned out to be his final season at Michigan State, Worthy had 30 tackles (10.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, and 14 hits during the regular season. He was named a consensus first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. He was also an All-Big ten selection from the coaches and media. Worthy became the first defensive tackle since Ronald Curl in 1971 to be named an All-American at Michigan State.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2⅜ in||309 lb||5.08 s||4.56 s||7.60 s||28½ in||8 ft 9 in|
|All results from NFL Combine|
Worthy was predicted to be a late first round to second round draft pick. Scouts talked about his size and called him thick and powerful. They also stated that he had enough speed to "shoot through the gap" Scouts also discussed his inconsistency and that his reputation was better than his actual production. It was also stated that he struggled in space and could not translate his weight enough to make tackles on the ball carrier.
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
On August 12, 2014, Worthy was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional late round draft choice in the 2015 NFL Draft, pending a physical. He was waived by the Patriots on August 30, 2014.
Kansas City Chiefs
On September 9, 2014, Worthy signed with the the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad. He was released on October 21, 2014, but re-signed to the practice squad 5 days later. On December 31, he signed a futures contract with the Chiefs. He was waived on August 3, 2015.
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- Chiefs Sign 19 To Reserve/Futures Contracts
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