No looking back, Jason Worilds preps for NFL draft
At Virginia Tech's first spring practice last week, Jason Worilds stood on the sideline and watched as his former teammates took the field. He said it felt different watching them practice, but he has no regrets about his decision to leave early for April's NFL draft.
"I was always told to never worry," Worilds said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I don’t wrestle with it any more. And for the best or for the worse, I'm happy with it. There’s no need to sit back and think about what could have been. I made it, and I'm living with it."
Worilds, a defensive end at Virginia Tech, has been training in Blacksburg with several former Hokies, including offensive tackle Ed Wang and defensive end Nekos Brown. Worilds said he usually works out three to four hours each day, as many days a week as possible.
His schedule has recently been interrupted by personal workouts for NFL teams. He said he has already visited the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
"I think things went well," Worilds said of his visits to those teams. "Everything I could see was positive. Of course its their job to feel the player out. Just going in there and being myself, hopefully I made a positive impression on some of the guys."
Worilds's decision to leave early came as a surprise to members of Virginia Tech's staff and is particularly intriguing because he could project better as a linebacker at the next level.
At 6 feet 1 and 254 pounds, Worilds is undersize for an NFL defensive end, but he has helped his stock by demonstrating the athleticism necessary to play linebacker. He performed well at the NFL combine in March and subsequently at Virginia Tech's pro day, where he showed quickness, speed and agility in running drills.
On Wednesday, Worilds said he felt comfortable standing up, as opposed to playing with a hand on the ground and seemed open to fitting into whatever role he was asked to play.
As for his expectations, he said he did not know whether he would play defensive end or linebacker, and that he did not know about his draft prospects. He plans to stay home for the draft to watch it and eat with his family.
"I really don’t know," Worilds said of his draft stock. "No one really knows. You hear one thing, and it could be completely different. I'm just waiting. Time will tell."
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