STRENGTHS - Wort tends to not over pursue on plays and is a guy that will attempt to square up the ball carrier instead of going for the blow up hit every time. He showed the ability to pick up coverage on the tight end well. When he backpedals he does not take long strides but rather short which enables him to close more quickly.
WEAKNESSES - Wort lacks the explosiveness along with quickness and speed to make plays across the field. Wort does not have great awareness and does not have the ability to recover quickly and has poor footwork. At times he looks hesitant to assist on a tackle and will become a spectator when it looks as though his teammates have the play under control. While Wort will look to square up the ball carrier for the most part, when he doesn't he has the tendency to whiff on the tackle. Wort tends to have poor balance and seems to get knocked around too much.
SUMMARY - Despite starting all but one game the last two seasons at Oklahoma, Tom Wort does not have the physicality or athleticism to play at the next level. He is a slow twitch player that lacks the speed and explosiveness to rush the passer or make plays outside of the tackle box. He consistently demonstrates poor instincts against the run, as he struggles to read his keys and is constantly two beats late or misreading plays altogether. His poor read and react skills allow blockers to get on top of him quickly, and once engaged he is easily driven off the ball because of poor hand usage and a general lack of pop in his play. When asked to rush the passer he does not demonstrate an explosive first step, and is too easily tied up at the LOS. In pass defense he is once again slow to recognize assignments, and is not physical with receivers through his area. When he does recognize assignments, he lacks the long speed and agility to cover in space effectively. Wort will need to significantly improve his strength, physicality and hand usage at the POA if he is to ever make an NFL practice squad.