Tom Wort: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oklahoma LB

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Tom Wort: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oklahoma LB

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    The Oklahoma Sooners haven't had a ton of success putting out quality linebacker prospects in recent years.

    Can Tom Wort change that? The former Sooner hopes to do just that with a good start in the NFL draft. Here are five things you should know about him.

     

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Tom Wort

    Birthday: January 29, 1991

    Hometown: Crawley, West Sussex, England

    School: Oklahoma

    Major: Sociology

    Year: Junior

     

    Wort might be from across the pond, but he spent time playing football in New Braunfels, Texas.

Collegiate Stats

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    Tom Wort was a rising college star at Oklahoma, but his career was stunted by injury and a poor junior season.

     

      Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
    Year Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds PD FR Yds TD FF
    2010* 33 33 66 7.5 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2011* 36 35 71 4.5 3.5 2 17 4 1 22 1 0
    2012* 27 26 53 5.5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
    Career 96 94 190 17.5 10 2 17 5 1 22 1 2

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 235 lbs.

    Arm Length: 31"

    Hand Size: 8 3/4"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds 

    225-pound bench press: 21 reps

    Broad jump: 111.0 inches

    Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

    3-cone drill: 7.41 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.51 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 12.36 seconds (top performer)

     

    There wasn't much pizzazz to Tom Wort's combine performance. His numbers were average, and he only marginally improved his 40-yard dash time at Oklahoma's pro day.

British Invasion

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    Tom Wort is just one of a few Britons hoping to make their mark on the NFL in this draft.

    He joins Menelik Watson and Lawrence Okoye as British NFL hopefuls, to go along with other foreign-born prospects like Bjoern Werner, Ezekiel Ansah and Margus Hunt.

Observations

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    Tom Wort on @sportstalk1400 says transferring was an option he considered, but he didn't want to ruin his time at OU by doing that. #Sooners

    — Jordan Esco (@Jordan_Esco) April 19, 2013

     

    I feel a bit sorry for Tom Wort. He's played the sport for years yet is getting ignored in favour of a guy who is yet to play a single snap.

    — Ben Braddock (@BenBraddock86) April 17, 2013

     

    RT @johnehoover If you missed it a few wks ago, #Sooners LB Tom Wort has struck up a relationship w ex-pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior.

    — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) September 3, 2011