Tariq Woolen NFL Draft
After a standout athletic career in high school that saw him play football, basketball, and run track, Woolen went to UTSA to play wide receiver—where he spent his first three seasons. Late in the 2019 campaign, Woolen converted to cornerback and proceeded to start for the Roadrunners in 2020 and 2021. While the newness to playing defense is clear when watching him play, so are his rare physical gifts.
Woolen brings a unique blend of size, length, and athleticism to the table and offers an extremely high ceiling. He has the makings of a dynamic zone corner that can make plays on the ball, tackle, and situationally play press coverage, where he already shows a willingness to crowd releases and cap routes.
When it comes to weaknesses, it’s all about gaining more time on task to develop his coverage instincts and find more comfort playing off contact and tackling. He has to develop his technique and fundamentals, but the good news is he isn’t lacking anything in terms of physical gifts. Woolen may not offer much in year one but with development, he has all the tools necessary to develop into an impact playmaker.