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Old 05-25-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Steelers groom a different Worilds
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...nt_682898.html
By John Harris
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rookie Jason Worilds interviewed with several teams prior to the NFL Draft that were impressed with his ability to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. So imagine Worilds' surprise when the Steelers selected him in the second round to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

"I really didn't know until they drafted me," Worilds said following Tuesday's voluntary practice. "A lot of the teams liked me at defensive end. I was really torn. The only thing I did know is that I had the ability to stand up and play linebacker. But as far as expecting it, no. It was a shock to me and my family when the Steelers called."

Worilds didn't expect to hear from the Steelers because he was interviewed by more teams that play a 4-3 (including Indianapolis, Tennessee, Jacksonville and New Orleans) than 3-4 teams.

His track record at Virginia Tech for sacking quarterbacks led him to believe he could become another pass-rushing specialist in the mold of the Colts' Dwight Freeney, who depends on quickness and agility to pile up sacks.

Instead, Worilds (6-foot-2, 262 pounds) has altered his expectations in an attempt to become the next James Harrison.

That would have been ideal, to be in the type of system where they really like to get after the quarterback, but I really couldn't ask for a better place," Worilds said.

"I'm a competitor. As long as I can be in a position that's within my skill set, I want to play ball. Standing up, I didn't think twice about it. I'm playing for a prestigious organization. I'm ready to roll."

Worilds has been asked to do more than rise out of his three-point stance and play linebacker. He's lining up on the right side after manning the left side in college and dropping into pass coverage.

He's also playing a new position while also learning a new defense.

"It's not really that big of a change," Worilds said of playing right outside linebacker instead of left defensive end. "My feet are set the same left foot up, right foot back as if I was on the left side. Really the only thing I'm doing now is standing up.

"Seeing the game from the other side of the field is like looking at the sky from one side of the street and crossing the street and looking at the sky from the other side. Once I got acclimated to that, it wasn't a problem."

Still, learning to play outside linebacker has its drawbacks for Worilds, who said he has his good days and bad days attempting to figure things out.

"It's a new position. I'm learning what to expect and how to read certain keys and putting myself in the best position to make plays," he said.

"I'm trying to pick things up, just trying to retain it all. One day you'll learn something new and mess up on the things you learned the day before. It's a work in progress."

Despite his inexperience, Worilds has a couple of things going for him. He's playing behind Harrison, who has been named to the past three Pro Bowls, so he's under no pressure to step in and start right away. He also plays a position where he can learn from veterans such as Harrison, James Farrior, Larry Foote, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons.

Following yesterday's practice, Worilds did extra running with Farrior, Foote and Timmons.

"They've been extremely helpful," Worilds said. "How many Pro Bowls in that linebacker corps? How many years as starters under their belt? They definitely help in bringing me along.

"Hopefully, I've been able to show a work ethic. I come in every day and try to absorb as much as I can. Hopefully, I've shown a hunger to get better."

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:27 AM   #2
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I don't think Worlids will have much of a problem adapting to his new roll. Once he figures out the system we will have another good linebacker ready to come in and make plays for us.
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Even though Harrison has low miles he is getting older and it's nice to know if the injury bug hits him we have a guy like Worilds who can back him up.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this guy play...He is possibly the most criticized of our draft picks and I hope he proves everyone wrong.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this guy play...He is possibly the most criticized of our draft picks and I hope he proves everyone wrong.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this guy play...He is possibly the most criticized of our draft picks and I hope he proves everyone wrong.
hope you are right (never wish for a pick not be great)

i think the criticism was why we took him when other BPA's may have been there and we clearly had / have DB/S needs - depth and DEPTH!
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The only thing i hate about us drafting 3 LB's is that we are letting Keyaron Fox go into free agency (almost) for sure. I really liked the way that kid played, and i thought he was borderline phenomenal at times when he filled in for Timmons. I think if another team picks him up next year (which they probably will), they are going to have a very, very happy defensive coordinator
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The only thing i hate about us drafting 3 LB's is that we are letting Keyaron Fox go into free agency (almost) for sure. I really liked the way that kid played, and i thought he was borderline phenomenal at times when he filled in for Timmons. I think if another team picks him up next year (which they probably will), they are going to have a very, very happy defensive coordinator
how do you figure? we drafted 2 OLB and 1 ILB. we have 2 old ILB'ers and need to replace at lease farrior soon. the ilb'er we drafted will probably never see the field and the 2 OLB'ers have nothing to do with fox's job
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With Woodley and Harrison in the lineup, and with the low wear and tear from both he won't start for 5 years if he is even on the team for that long. The steelers had immediate needs on defense and yet they reach for a project that looked like drafting for the future
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With Woodley and Harrison in the lineup, and with the low wear and tear from both he won't start for 5 years if he is even on the team for that long. The steelers had immediate needs on defense and yet they reach for a project that looked like drafting for the future
There is no way Harrison is playing another 4 years. This kid was picked to start either by next year or in 2 years at the latest. And the Steelers had absolutely no depth at that position. This was not a reach and it was a much needed position. As was the one to back up Woodley and the other one to replace Farrior who is getting way too old and slow of foot. This front office knows what it is doing. Perhaps next year there will be a NT worth picking to replace Casey. And they picked up two CBs last year so that was not a needed position like people keep saying. This was a good draft.
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