Tariq Woolen, CB
School: UTSA | Conference: Conference USA
College Experience: Redshirt Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6’4” / 205 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd – 4th Round
Player Comparison: Richard Sherman
A standout athlete in track, basketball, and football, Tariq Woolen was recruited by UTSA to play wide receiver. After three years at the position, Woolen switched to cornerback as the coronavirus pandemic began. Unable to be around the team, he worked with an indoor football player on technique and learned coverages from Madden NFL. This season, Woolen along with a group of talented players like Spencer Burford, Sincere McCormick, and Frank Harris, led the Roadrunners to a historic season, losing only one game in the regular season. He earned all-Conference USA honorable mention.
· Huge cornerback with long arms and elite speed
· Physical player with no problems hitting ball carriers
· Uses speed and length to make plays in trail technique
· Uses knowledge as former wideout to read routes and hands of receivers
· Only two years at cornerback and is very raw
· Needs to turn and look for the ball in the air
· Not many interceptions in two years at cornerback
· Appeared to play a lot of man coverage; can he play zone?
Let’s see his work
2020 Tariq Woolen. All I got. Gets beat. This is footwork. False step forward makes him pivot on his outside foot and widen his base when the receiver gives outside jab. He has to hop instead of pedal. Too high. Very fixable. pic.twitter.com/ekcl6WBID3— Matt Alkire (@mattalkire) March 8, 2022
Former CB Tariq Woolen. @seniorbowl @_Tariqwoolen @UTSAFTBL repping that 210 gear!! @UTSAEquipment pic.twitter.com/fdy0iLewVu— Roadrunners Unfiltered (@RR_Unfiltered) February 3, 2022
Tariq Woolen is a CB prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 10 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1 out of 1806 CB from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/yJUs24vfYD #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/qfcLQzgqSr— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 8, 2022
How He Fits On The Team
There are a number of players that have found success at cornerback in the NFL after playing wide receiver in college. Tariq Woolen definitely has the tools to be a part of that lineage. While he is raw and will need a lot coaching to reach his potential, you cannot coach his size and athleticism. Those are things that would be welcome in the Commanders’ secondary.
Washington’s cornerback position appears settled. We should see a combination of William Jackson III, Kendall Fuller, and Benjamin St. Juste on the field at corner when the season begins. Behind these three, it is a question of depth at the position. Take into account that St. Juste and Jackson III dealt with injuries last season and cornerback looks like a higher priority position. The team added Corn Elder and DJ Hayden as depth, but that shouldn’t stop them from improving the position through the draft. Drafting and developing a player like Woolen could mean having a young and affordable corner and possibly moving a veteran for another player or draft capital. And can Ron Rivera say no to a big, long, athletic corner?