Tariq Woolen says he has in person visits with the Colts, Panthers, and Raiders— Billy M (@BillyM_91) March 23, 2022
The very long 6’4”, 205 pound cornerback prospect (with 33 5/8” arms) posted a ridiculously fast 4.26 forty time at the NFL Combine (second best in the entire draft class) as well as a 42 inch vertical (tied for tops among the entire draft class).
Woolen has impressive physical measurables to say the least:
As a senior for the Roadrunners, Woolen recorded 25 tackles (17 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and 5 passes defensed during 9 starts in 2021.
While still raw as a converted former wideout, Woolen possesses the type of athletic traits at cornerback that can’t be taught and looks very fluid in coverage. That being said, there are questions about his instincts and willingness in run support as a physical tackler.
Here’s what they’re saying:
#UTSA CB Tariq Woolen was my winner at CB this week at the Senior Bowl.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 5, 2022
6033, 205, 33.5” arms. Clocked 22.45 MPH (@ZebraTechnology) and looked controlled/fluid in drills.
My SB winners at every position: https://t.co/VvNMnMSYNv pic.twitter.com/abEfgq4Svb
Tariq Woolen (currently my CB9) entered the draft process with sky-high expectations about his speed. He's lived up to it:— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 6, 2022
- Runs fastest MPH (ever recorded) at Senior Bowl
- Runs 4.31u and 4.30u at NFL Combine https://t.co/Xq1e7xdMct
Fully expect UTSA DB Tariq Woolen to catch major steam as a prospect during Senior Bowl week.— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) December 14, 2021
Dude is crazy athletic with tremendous length. Made the switch from WR to CB ahead of the 2020 season & he has an extremely high ceiling as he continues to develop. Rare physical gifts.
UTSA CB Tariq Woolen has a lot of potential. The former WR possesses really good length and excellent fluidity at 6’4.” Also ran a 4.34 and came in at six on Bruce Feldman’s Freak List. Woolen has the tools to be a high draft pick and a really good starter in the NFL. #NFLDraft— Jack Borowsky (@Jack_Borowsky) October 28, 2021
While the Colts did sign free agent Brandon Facyson—after surprisingly trading away Rock Ya-Sin, it appears that Indianapolis could use at least one more quality cornerback option to enter the mix before beginning the 2022 regular season.
Woolen figures to have the type of world-class measurables that would presumably pique Colts general manager Chris Ballard’s interest—as he fits his cornerback prototype of long, athletic, and fast—but there will likely be other NFL teams interested for the same reasons.