Green Bay Packers 2022 NFL Draft Ultimate Preview: Cornerbacks

Measureables: 6-4 1/8, 205. 33 5/8 arms. 4.26 40, 42 vertical, 4.30 shuttle.

Analytical stats: Woolen’s workout numbers are insane. His playing career is not. The full-time starter for the first time as a senior, he had one interception and six passes defensed in 2021 to earn merely an honorable mention on the all-Conference USA team. According to PFF, they allowed a 57.5 percent catch rate, 99.5 passer rating and 10.7 coverage snaps per reception. Had he met our playing-time threshold, they would have ranked 80th in passer rating and 73rd in snaps per reception. According to SIS, they were 30th out of 43 with a missed-tackle rate of 17 percent.

Personal touch: Woolen arrived at UTSA as a three-star receiver. He redshirted in 2017, caught 15 passes in 2018 and caught nine more in 2019 before moving to cornerback.

“Oh yeah, it was a hard choice,” they said at the Scouting Combine. “I played offense my whole life. My former coach, Frank Wilson – he’s at LSU right now – he recruited me as a receiver throughout the whole process. But toward the end of the 2019 season, they came to me and was like, ‘Hey would like to play cornerback?’ I told no at first. I’m an offensive guy, I never played a lick of defense in my life. When he told me that, I was like, ‘Nah, no, no.’ And he basically told me it would help the team and, when I thought about it that way, I said ‘OK.’ But we would go to practice at first and I would stay with the wide receivers and he was like, ‘No, go to the cornerbacks.’ I practiced for like two weeks, then the last week of that season I played at the corner. Then his time at UTSA came to an end and our new coach gave me a choice to play at wide receiver or corner and I chose cornerback. ”

His transition was sidetracked in 2020 when he suffered a broken arm. He only missed one game but it impacted his play. “His nickname is‘ Riq the Freak, ’and that’s really all there is to it,” safety Rashad Wisdom told The Express News. “Having him over there with me, I know I’m going to be good on that corner. I trust Riq, I’m glad he’s on our team, and I’m glad he’s usually on my side of the field. ”

NFL Draft Bible Scouting Report: Redshirt seniors are typically experienced prospects that teams hope can contribute early. Tariq Woolen, though, transitioned from wide receiver to cornerback at the end of the 2019 season; 2021 was only his second full year on defense. Nonetheless, they have notably grown week to week and season to season since making the change. The Texas native boasts excellent size, length, and fluidity for his frame. While Woolen’s play speed does not match up with his reported 4.34 40-yard dash time, it is sufficient when aided by physicality.


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