Draft Profile: BioXavier Worthy from Central East High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Worthy opted to join Texas where he quickly became their most explosive player.
In 2021 as a freshman Worthy saw action in 12 games for the Longhorns as he made 62 receptions for 981 yards for an average of 15.8 yards per reception, with 12 TDs, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 106.5.
As a sophomore in 2022 while playing much more in a vertical threat role played 12 games and had a comparatively down year - as he made 59 catches for 757 yards for an average of 12.9 yards per catch, with 8 TDs, and a pedestrian QB rating when targeted of 88.5.
Honors & awards
- 2022 A second-team All-Big 12 selection at wide receiver by both the Big 12 Conference head coaches and the Associated Press
- 2022 preseason watch list candidate for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award
- 2022 First Team All-SEC Punt Returner
- 2021 Named an All-Big 12 First Team honoree by league coaches and the Associated Press
- 2021 selected Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year
- 2021 the AP Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
- High School - caught 55 passes for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. Helped Central East win its first-ever CIF Division 1-AA state championship after a 15-0 season in 2019
- High School - competed in track and field at Central East, where he earned a personal record with a 10.55 100-meter dash as a sophomore.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Worthy is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands. If you give even a little cushion he's going to beat you. Not just a deep threat he's a nightmare to defend on slants
- Fluid athlete with an elite explosive burst and speed to stretch the field and breeze past defenders. Has a quick first step and gets to top speed in a hurry.
- His speed is simply elite - He ran multiple 100-meter dash times between 10.5 and 10.65 seconds while in high school. He also repeatably ran sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash times as a freshman in high school.
- He plays with smoothness and balance, and Worthy shows a knack for setting up defensive backs
- Has impressive position versatility - surprisingly he has demonstrated he's able to line up consistently outside as well as dominate from the slot. Has also been used a punt returner
- He’s very good working outside the numbers, showing excellent ball-tracking skills, and he does the little things well downfield, including leaving enough room on the sideline for his quarterback to drop in a throw. He's demonstrated he's much faster now
- An impressively skilled route runner. Shows excellent discipline and makes sharp cuts
- Worthy has reliable hands and despite his size shows the willingness to make catches in traffic over the middle.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’ll have to develop a better feel for sitting down against zone coverage.
- NFL defenders will be able to knock him off his route because of his slight frame. It also presents a major injury risk and unless he gets significantly bigger will only be viewed as a role player in the pros. This is partially explanation for this is him being used as more of a deep threat
- Suffered a drop-off in production in 2022 after an amazing freshman campaign. Despite having 10 more passes thrown his way he ended up with 220 fewer yards and 4 fewer TDs over the course of the season
- Doesn't have the size to consistently win on the outside, but can be productive working the middle of the field and as a return man.
Scouting Report: SummaryXavier Worthy is all about speed, he could be the fastest receiver in the draft and in 2021 showcased it as he exploded onto the scene as a freshman scoring 12 touchdowns. He's more than just speed however, and possesses nice soft hands, is a decent leaper, is afraid to catch in traffic, and has the route-running skills of a savvy vet.
He however has an very obvious downside, in that he is super skinny weighing in at just 163 pounds despite standing 6-1 and this will limit his ability to be a complete player at the next level. Worthy also had a bit of a down year in 2022, compared with 2021 and 2023 will be a good test to determine whether it was a start of a trend. If in his junior season he can improve on his freshman numbers and also put some weight on - he'll be an easy 2024 NFL draft first-round selection.
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