Colts 2022 NFL Draft prospect: UTSA CB Tariq Woolen

Leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, IndyStar will preview prospects who could be a fit for the Colts. They’re set to first pick no. 42 overall, in the second round.

Up today is UTSA cornerback Tariq Woolen.

Previous prospect previews:

Penn State WR Jahan Dotson

North Dakota State WR Christian Watson

Western Michigan WR Skyy Moore

Purdue WR David Bell

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Projected round: 2-3

40-yard dash time: 4.26 seconds (2nd among CBs)

Bench press: N / A

Vertical jump: 42 inches (1st among CBs)

Broad jump: N / A

3-zone drill: N / A

20-yard shuttle: N / A

Key stats: Started 16 games between his junior and senior seasons, recording one interception and 2.5 tackles for loss in each season; honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2021; received invites to the Senior Bowl, Shrine Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Quotable: (As a former wide receiver playing cornerback) “I felt like it helped me some at first, understanding route concepts, knowing where receivers were going to go before the snap, having that knowledge. Knowing if they line up in certain splits, at the top of the numbers, it helps you play with your leverage. “

Analysis: The NFL combine is a meeting place for the top 1% of the top 1% of football athletes in the world, and so it’s jarring when someone’s athletic makeup just dwarves the others. It’s even more stunning when he comes from a small school.

But that is the case with Tariq Woolen, one of this year’s more improbable stories. He’s long had this gawking 6-foot-4-inch frame, but he used to be a wide receiver, and despite offers to Baylor and Houston as a three-star recruit, he committed to Texas-San Antonio. There, he saw sporadic action at the receiver, but he could eventually tell it wasn’t going to extend his playing days.

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