According to draft analyst Jeff Risdon of RealGM, the Houston Texans have looked closely at Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley. Worley worked in the middle of Buckeyes defense for 38 games over his collegiate career with 14 starts at outside linebacker. The New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Green Bay Packers also took part in the discussion with Worley after practice on Tuesday.
At the Shrine game, Worley measured in at 6’ 1-3/8″ and 232 lbs., with 9” hands and a 76-3/8″ wingspan.
“He’s just a really, really smart football player; he’s a guy who I think understands the game at a very high level,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said via Ohio State’s website. “You know, we lost what I think is a man’s man in Raekwon McMillan, just a really fine football player and a smart football player, and we needed to make sure we tried to replace him with a guy who has that kind of presence about him.”
The fifth-year senior, Worley, had 154 career tackles with 6 pass breakups for the Buckeyes. Originally a safety when he arrived to Ohio State, he was fighting for playing time against future New York Jets safety Darron Lee, who was a 1st round pick in 2016.
In 2017, Worley appeared in 11 games with 56 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and a sack. In 2016, he posted a career-high 70 total tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass deflections, and an interception.
Worley is considered a day-three draft prospect as a linebacker.