Seahawks.NET Draft Report: Cornelius Wortham

With the first of their two seventh-round picks, the Seahawks selected James "Cornelius" Wortham, a linebacker who may wind up being the best value pick of their 2005 draft.

SEVENTH ROUND (235th Pick Overall)

With the 22nd pick in the seventh round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Alabama OLB James "Cornelius" Wortham.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:

Cornelius Wortham School: Alabama
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 236 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection who led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 86/3/1. Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman but sidelined in 2003 with a dislocated elbow.

Positives: Competitive linebacker who improved his draft stock as a senior. Gets leverage on opponents, scrapes laterally through the traffic and finds the ball carrier. Fights to get off blocks and rarely off his feet. Does not bite on ball fakes, disciplined and stays with assignments. Solid playing speed and a hard-working defender who wraps up tackling. Picks up pass cover assignments and displays adequate sidelineto- sideline range.

Negatives: Not efficient, wastes a lot of motion and at times plays tentatively. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point.

Analysis: Experienced at both outside and middle linebacker positions, Wortham offers solid size/speed numbers and athleticism for the next level. Best in a system that lets him flow to the ball and use his natural skills.

DOING THE MATH: CAMPUS: 4.66 in the 40-yard dash … 495-pound bench press … 535-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 35½-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 9¾-inch hands … Right-handed.

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund:
A speedy outside linebacker who has a rep as being primarily a run-stopper. He excellent physical numbers, running in the 4.6 range in some private workouts heading into the draft with a 37-inch vertical leap. Several publications had him projected on Day one of the draft so this selection could be considered a steal this late in the draft. He will be looking at making the Seahawks as a special teams demon, hoping to make the squad and then learning the defense and how to play in space in the pass-defense. Wortham is a solid pick and could prove to be a “diamond-in-the-rough” if he comes in with a chip on his shoulder.

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