Cleveland Browns later round draft target No. 2
Tariq Woolen – CB – University of Texas-San Antonio
There is no such thing as too much depth at the cornerback position in the NFL and Tariq Woolen could add just that for the Browns come April.
Woolen is a big, athletic cornerback and could really become a starter within a couple of years depending on who drafts him and who that team already has on the roster. But again, depth is vital at the cornerback position.
At the combine, Woolen ran a 4.26 40-yard dash, with a 24-inch vertical jump. This young man really raised his stock down in Indianapolis by showing off his elite athleticism. A big, fast corner could really do the Browns good down the road as the AFC is absolutely loaded with top-tier receivers, including Ja’Marr Chase who is in the AFC North.
One thing that goes against Woolen is the fact he’s only been playing the position for two years. He will be a guy who could take a bit longer to develop because of that, but at the same time, you can’t teach athleticism. If he were to be drafted by the Browns, he would be learning from Denzel Ward, who is an elite cornerback.
Woolen might have risen his draft stock to a mid-to-late third-round pick with his performance at the combine. In 2021 at UTSA, he recorded one interception, five passes defended, and 25 total tackles.