2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Xavier Worthy

Xavier Worthy, Texas

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Xavier Worthy, WR Texas


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Xavier Worthy, University of Texas junior wide receiver. Worthy hails from Fresno, California, attending Central East High School. He was named to the All-American team in his senior year.

Worthy was a 4-star recruit and initially committed to the University of Michigan before eventually enrolling at Texas. His freshman year was arguably his best, as he hauled in 62 receptions for 962 yards and 12 scores. The Big-12 Freshman of the year followed up his breakout campaign with a solid sophomore season. His junior year saw more volume but he was only able to post 5 touchdowns all season, a career low.

Despite Worthy’s decline in production from his freshman year, he saw more volume and posted the most yardage of his career in 2023. A high school track star, Worthy is also expected to boast the fastest 40 times of any wide receiver in his class. This makes him an immediate deep threat and field stretcher in the NFL, a role he’s proven he can occupy during his time at Texas.


Measurables

Height: 6’1” (52nd -percentile)                                 

Weight: 172 lbs (3rd -percentile)

Age: 20.7                                                     

Class: Junior


NCAA Statistics

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2021TexasBig 12FRWR126298115.812177.006398815.712
*2022TexasBig 12SO136076012.792147.006277412.59
*2023TexasBig 12JRWR1475101413.554358.8079104913.35
CareerTexas197275514.0267568.00204281113.826
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2024.

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Elite speed with one of the fastest expected 40s in this class
  • The initial burst is impressive
  • Impressive YAC ability given speed and quickness
  • Deadly on deep shots and crossers, also good in the screen game
  • Adjusts well to ball in the air with good body control
  • Tracks deep ball well

Weaknesses

  • Has been shut down by elite corner play
  • Never matched the completeness of his freshman-year production
  • Can be out-muscled by more physical defenders
  • Drops are an issue
  • Difficulty with contested catches

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Early/Mid 2nd Round

Ideal Landing Spot: Cincinnati Bengals

Xavier Worthy Texas
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

The Falcons have pick 43 overall in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. While I think this is the likeliest landing spot for Worthy, a potential better spot is the Cincinnati Bengals. With their 49th pick, Worthy could still be available as a replacement for Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, both of whom could be on their way out. If so, Worthy can immediately command targets as the far-and-away number two target in a great offence.

If the Bengals choose to move on from Higgins, Worthy would immediately become fantasy-relevant. He’s a deep threat for sure, who can also take pressure off of Ja’Marr Chase. Of course, Tyler Boyd, Irv Smith, and Chase Brown can all elevate their usage to become threats in the short to intermediate areas of the field. This would be ideal to allow Worthy to work the deep middle and boundaries while Chase runs amok wherever there’s space.

We know Joe Burrow is an elite QB. We also know Higgins earned a fantasy-relevant share even when lining up with Chase. If the stars align, Cincy should be a very favourable spot for whichever rookie wide receiver ends up a Bengal.

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