Tariq Woolen NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Draft Profile: Tariq Woolen, CB, Texas-San Antonio (UTSA)

Name:  Tariq Woolen

School: University of Texas – San Antonio

Year: R-Senior

Position: CB

Measurables: 6’4”, 205 lbs (Combine Measurements)

 

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General Info:

Played wide receiver at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was also a basketball and track star. Woolen was recruited as a Wide Receiver as a composite three-star prospect. He was ranked the 1003rd recruit nationally, the 142nd WR recruit, and the 138th best Texas recruit. Recruited by numerous Texas-based schools, as well as Baylor, Woolen eventually settled on the University of Texas – San Antonio and redshirted his freshman year.

Woolen played receiver for most of his first two active seasons at UTSA (his redshirt freshman and sophomore years), recording 24 receptions for 263 yards and a single touchdown. He changed to cornerback during his sophomore year in 2019.

During his junior year, which was his first season as a full-time corner, Woolen had seven starts in 11 appearances. He managed 35 tackles (20 solo), four deflections, and one pick. All four pass breakups came in UTSA’s September game against SFA.

Prior to his final season at UTSA, Woolen was ranked 6th on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List, the annual publication that lists the most unbelievable athletes in college football. That year he started each of the nine games he appeared in, leading a very impressive Roadrunners’ defense that recorded the 10th most turnovers in the FBS. Although not a statistical monster, he was a presence on a 12-2 team that recorded the first two shut-outs and first AP Poll ranking in school history.

Woolen had a fairly strong showing at the Senior Bowl in 2022, impressing with his fluidity and agility for a tall corner. However, he absolutely took over the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Measuring in at a tad over 6’4” and 20 lbs., Woolen ran a 4.26 40-yard dash with elite splits and a 42-inch vertical, although he (like most CBs this year) skipped the agility drills. Per Ken Lee Platte’s Relative Athletic Score (RAS), Woolen is the single most athletic cornerback ever, scoring a 10/10 on his scale.

Positional Skills:

Strengths

  • There are not a lot of 6’4”, 205-pound corners.
  • There are also not a lot of corners with a 4.26 40.
  • Despite switching to corner just two-and-a-half seasons ago, he showed remarkable improvement quickly, and still has a lot of room to grow.
  • Showed the ability to be a force of nature in press coverage, while having a skill set that will also lend itself to zone. Should be a fairly scheme versatile player.
  • He also played several defensive backfield positions at UTSA: boundary, slot, and single-high safety, though slot is probably out of consideration for him at the NFL level.
  • Possesses the size to be effective in run-support.

Weaknesses

  • Any team that takes Woolen does so knowing that there will be no contribution on defense as a rookie. He is so, so raw, having played corner for less than three years.
  • Currently does not provide much value defending the run.
  • Poor production in college.
  • Struggles to get his head around to make plays on the ball.
  • He whiffed on several picks in his brief time as a corner, either dropping the ball or missing it entirely.
  • A very poor tackler, with misses and failures to wrap-up common in his tape.

Fit with the Packers:

If you are not a fan of the 33rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, you are not going to like the player comp I am about to make. The NFL corner Tariq Woolen most reminds me of is… Kevin Charles King. He is a slightly taller, slightly bigger, slightly faster, slightly more explosive, twice as raw version of Kevin King. Like King, Woolen is worth trying to develop—with his incredible athletic ability, the sky is the limit for Woolen. Like King, he comes with a substantial risk of busting out.

Woolen feels like he would be a luxury pick for a team that is deep at cornerback… Like… I don’t know… The Green Bay Packers! While the Pack has Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas as its top three corners (and Shemar Jean-Charles as a slot/dime back), there are certainly roster spots open for a developmental prospect like Woolen. I suspect the UTSA prospect is going to go in the 3rd round, which might be a little rich for a CB loaded team to take a traits-based developmental player, but I certainly view Woolen as a potential target for Green Bay late on day two or early day three, especially with Brian Gutekunst’s passion for high RAS players.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 23, 2022 at 04:31 pm

My Alma Mater, and where I met the wife, UTSA.

They had a good team this year. Marcus Davenport is from UTSA. This guy has the size and speed, but I'm not sure about the rest. If we wanted to use a high pick on a corner, I can think of better choices.

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splitpea1's picture

March 23, 2022 at 04:31 pm

Some boards have him ranked awfully high for such a raw player....Not much in the way of special teams experience, either....A more suitable pick for a rebuilding team....The Kevin King comparison may doom him to land on one of the Cheesehead TV authors' "Do Not Draft" list.

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Duneslick's picture

March 23, 2022 at 04:58 pm

Pass

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 23, 2022 at 07:13 pm

Gutey finally went offense first... ; )

22: R1 P22 WR Chris Olave - Ohio State
28: R1 P28 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota St
53: R2 P21 RB Breece Hall - Iowa State
59: R2 P27 DL Travis Jones - Connecticut
92: R3 P28 LB Leo Chenal - Wisconsin
132: R4 P27 TE Jelani Woods - Virginia
140: R4 P35 EDGE Jesse Luketa - Penn State
171: R5 P28 CB Kalon Barnes - Baylor
228: R7 P7 OT Alonzo Velazquez - Wyoming
249: R7 P28 OT Bamidele Olaseni - Utah
258: R7 P37 S Joey Blount - Virginia

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2022 at 07:26 pm

Gutey is at Ohio State. Why don't you like Trey McBride? He's better than Bubba Franks. Edge Rusher over Hall.

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murf7777's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:42 am

Trey McBride looks very good, but won't be available in round 4, probably more likely mid 2nd. I like him at our 2nd round pick if available. Maybe you meant Ruckert from OSU.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:10 am

I like Trey McBride, but there is no way I'd spend a second-round pick on a TE this year; there simply are too many decent ones who will be there in the third and even fourth. I'm not forgetting Tyler Davis, either, he looked pretty good last year.

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2022 at 08:57 pm

#22 Christian Watson. WR N. Dakota State
#28 Boye Mafe Edge Minn.
#53 Trey McBride. TE. Colorado
#59. DeMarvin Leal. DL Texas A&M
#92. Skyy. Moore. WR W. Mich.
#132. David Bell. WR. Purdue 4.6 drops him.
#140. Nick Cross. S Maryland
#171. Javion Heiligh WR/ST. Coastal Carolina
#228. Master Teague. III RB Ohio State
#249. Isaih Pacheco. RB Toledo
#258. Cooper McCaw. OT Liberty

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:37 am

That's a great first seven. I'll be upset if we don't take an ILB in the first three rounds though; there are so many good prospects and Barnes is back-up material.
What Mock simulator did you use, SH?

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:57 am

No simulator. The Huddle report top 200. (40 times). Nobody has Watson that high, But if they couldn't stop him in the senior Bowl. He'll go first rd. So many 1st rd. WRs have injury concerns.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm

So I did your Huddle report top 200 approach and took these:
22 Jordan Davis 24
28 Christian Watson 57
53 Chad Muma 54
59 Leo Chenal 59
92 Khalil Shakir 95
132 Rasheed Walker 152
140 Jelani Woods 160
171 Matt Waletzko 171

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:21 am

No way they don't take an offensive lineman somewhere earlier in this draft. And 4 WRs, 2 RBs and a TE? That's quite a number of offensive skill positions for Green Bay . . . they will draft a CB to develop behind the top 3-4 they have now.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:02 pm

I had a Cb in my first mocks. Rd 3- 4. But as mocks change, and the numbers come in.( per pro days.) The better player was a WR. I had Taylor CB and figured he's moving up. A WR sets the draft. And a WR/st sets the back. That means 2 others somewhere. No Way Gute takes a RB early. They're just not a need like WR. But put them on the ST or PS. You got Back -up! The Current RBs have been hurt. The TE replaces Tonyan or your current Board-line TEs. And instead of CB early. Mofe replaces Z Smith. A very speedy coachable kid. Well liked at the senior -Bowl. I also took a DL to replace Lowrey next year or LanCaster. Bell should be 3-4rd. If he goes higher. It won't match Last years draft, when 1 kid dropped from 2nd to 4th. I liked him better than a OT. And if you take a Dt and edge. You have to take a Wr later. My feeling was; a deep threat like Watson, and pierce won't be there.

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murf7777's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:39 am

I was just looking at TE's film and I was intrigued by Jelani Woods till I watched some of the other TE's film. He is very slow getting out of the gate, but after that his size is awesome. I see him as a project and like many others before him. I like Dulcich from UCLA. Not much of a blocker at this point, but very good route running, hands and can get deep, at least in college.

Please no RB in round 2, we have more important needs. I look at this as a need draft, since we are all-in for the next two years.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:53 am

Breece Hall was BPA at the time, so I took him. I don't think we need a RB in the 2nd round either, but I'm also not passing on the best player available because it isn't a need.

Besides, it's just for fun and doesn't matter, but having 3 great RBs > 2.

We all saw what happened when Dillon went down against the 9ers. (MaLF forgot he had Patrick Taylor Jr at his fingertips and refused to utilize him.) Big mistake in my opinion.

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gkarl's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:09 am

22: R1 WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
28: R1 Edge Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
53: WR John Metchie III, Alabama
58: DT Logan Hall, Houston
92: S Verone McKinley, Oregon
132: TE Jelani Woods, Virginia
140: LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
171: OG Chasen Hines, LSU
228: OT Jean Delance, Florida
249: DT Thomas Booker, Stanford
258: S Nasir Greer, Wake Forest

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 23, 2022 at 10:16 pm

22: R1 P22 WR Treylon Burks - Arkansas
28: R1 P28 DL Devonte Wyatt - Georgia
53: R2 P21 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota State
59: R2 P27 DL Travis Jones - Connecticut
92: R3 P28 WR Alec Pierce - Cincinnati
132: R4 P27 LB Darrian Beavers - Cincinnati
140: R4 P35 EDGE Sam Williams - Ole Miss
171: R5 P28 OT Vederian Lowe - Illinois
228: R7 P7 TE Trae Barry - Boston College
249: R7 P28 S Sterling Weatherford - Miami (Ohio)
258: R7 P37 RB D'Vonte Price - Florida International

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:32 am

Any "gotta draft WRs!" person would do backflips over this draft! Burks, Watson, and Pierce? Can we say "big deep threats?"

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:23 am

"Can we say "big deep threats?"

Yes, yes we can... Lol

Let's just hope it falls this good for Gutey...

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:56 am

It won't but I like it.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 23, 2022 at 11:15 pm

I kinda like this one...

22: R1 P22 DL Jordan Davis - Georgia
28: R1 P28 WR Garrett Wilson - Ohio State
53: R2 P21 EDGE Drake Jackson - USC
59: R2 P27 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota State
92: R3 P28 LB Leo Chenal - Wisconsin
132: R4 P27 OT Matt Waletzko - North Dakota
140: R4 P35 TE Jake Ferguson - Wisconsin
171: R5 P28 RB Rachaad White - Arizona State
228: R7 P7 OT Cordell Volson - North Dakota State
249: R7 P28 CB Kalon Barnes - Baylor
258: R7 P37 S Bubba Bolden - Miami

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:30 am

Wilson still there at 28 would be pretty shocking. I also still believe Chenal will go high second round. If this was the Packers' draft, I'd be super pumped. :)

What Mock simulator did you use, BDU?

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:36 am

Try pro football Networks. Not Pffs.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 10:27 am

Nice PEO!

Fanspeak.com

Wilson's ACL might drop him farther than people think? IDK.

If there is one thing I do know, it's Gutey's board doesn't look like any other bigboard out there.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:26 am

Ooh! Ooh! I'll play! Using ProFootball Network:
22 Drake London WR,
28 Devonte Wyatt DL,
53 Christian Watson WR,
59 Quay Walker LB,
92 Leo Chenal LB,
132 Jelani Woods TE,
140 Cole Strange G,
171 Dontario Drummond WR,
228 Scott Nelson S,
249 Luke Wattenburg C,
258 Spencer Burford OT

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:04 am

Drake London has a broken Ankle. Won't work out.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:20 am

Well, he said he'll work out on April 5, in order to give him more rehab time, and I'm okay with that. He'll play this year, and combined with Watson in my draft, we'd be set at WR for the rest of Rodgers career.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:14 am

Just for fun, (and because I got a few dislikes for saying I'd happily trade #29 for a first-rounder next year plus a move-up switch this year), I went trade crazy and did the following. You'd never pull off all these trades in reality, but just to see what can happen when you trade DOWN (using nflmockdraftdatabase.com) :

35 George Pickens WR Possible starter as a rookie
45 Nakobe Dean ILB Starting ILB with Campbell, and maybe the "star" Love him.
53 Perrion Winfrey DL Future starting DL
69 Leo Chenal LB/ED Maybe TJ Watt/Z Smith potential? Love him.
102 Rasheed Walker ROT Nijman's back-up
146 Jelani Woods TE Raw for now, but super-star potential
171 Matt Waletzko LOT Bakhtiari's back-up
183 Jailen Nailor WR Speedy deep threat
228 Quentin Lake S Carnell Lake's kid from UCLA
BUT FOR THE KICKER: Even though I'd be happy with this draft using our current picks, due to trades we get the above PLUS a FIRST ROUND PICK next year PLUS a 5, 6, and 7 next year. I'll add this: Having an extra first-round pick gets you ONE player, OR it becomes the goose that lays golden eggs. Every year you trade it for a first rounder the following year plus a move up, and you now have INFINITE move-ups.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:30 am

This in't a bad draft. Pickens had knee problems and is to flamboyant for me. You want that 5th year option now. Especially with a Wr. Doubt Gute takes a ILB or trades down. And if Chenal didn't play at WI. They would be all over him. My feeling is he will trade the 4s; and move up, depending on who he takes in rd. 1

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:59 am

Yeah SH, that has been Gute's M.O. and it drives me crazy. I love 4th round picks.

As far as the year 5 option, I actually don't worry about that with WR or RB because they are pretty close to a-dime-a-dozen. Heck, guys like Khalil Shakir might be available in the third round, and he looks great (very Donald Driver-like)

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crayzpackfan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:05 am

As far as corner goes, I like that kid Zion McCollum from Sam Houston State if he’s there at our 132 pick. Hell, maybe even at 92.

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crayzpackfan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:25 am

Alright. Since others are posting their mocks, I literally just ran this one and here’s how it fell.
22- Trevor Penning OT Northern Iowa
28- Devonte Wyatt DT Georgia
53- Jahan Dotson WR Penn State
59- Christian Watson WR North Dakota State
92- Zyon McCollum CB Sam Houston State
132- Leo Chenal LB Wisconsin
140- Dominique Robinson Edge Miami Ohio
171- Charlie Kolar TE Iowa State (unsure about this one)
228- Jaylen Watson CB Washington State
249- Thomas Booker DT Stanford
258- Luke Wattenberg OC Washington
Just did this while at work. Kinda hurried through it.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:32 am

Right Tackle - Check
DL Depth - Check
WR - Check/Check
CB - Check/Check
LB - Check
Edge - Check
TE - Check
Developmental DT - Check
IOL Depth - Check

Well done cpf...

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crayzpackfan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:49 am

Just couldn’t find a safety I liked with how everything fell. That’s why I doubled up at CB

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