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Can UTSA CB Tariq Woolen Solve the Cowboys Secondary Issues?

Woolen is projected as a Day 2 Pick and could provide great value.

If you’re like me, you have to admit The Dallas surprised you this season by fielding a top for once, but it’s obvious their is still an issue. In my piece yesterday, I wrote over two prospects the team could up in the for and brought up LSU Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. as a player that could immediately help the franchise, but I got a lot of flak for the pick.

To ease those who felt uneasy trading up for him, or angry that I considered the trade up, I provide a the team could land on Day 2 that offers a freakish skill set and seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential.

UTSA Cornerback Tariq Woolen

Woolen, who was recruited initially as a , fully transitioned to cornerback for the Roadrunners in 2019, and started for them in 2020 and 2021. In his senior season, he had 61 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 1.5 , two interceptions, and only allowed 3 TDs on 42 targets.

During preparations, Woolen was given the label of a “small school prospect to keep your eye on,” but after his performances at the and , it seemed like everyone couldn’t keep their eyes off him.

Todd McShay on Twitter: “If your team needs a cornerback and can’t get one in Round 1, this class has plenty of starters that will be available on Day 2. Tariq Woolen (UTSA) is the most talented of the bunch… as confirmed by his outrageous Combine showing! pic.twitter.com/HcBH0o3LfP / Twitter”

If your a cornerback and can’t get one in Round 1, this class has plenty of starters that will be available on Day 2. Tariq Woolen (UTSA) is the most talented of the bunch… as confirmed by his outrageous Combine showing! pic..com/HcBH0o3LfP

While he may not be rated among the cream of the crop cornerback prospects, Woolen would become a viable option for the Cowboys if they didn’t want to trade up for an Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner or Stingley Jr.

If you look at his combine, the number that pops out the most has to be his 4.26 40-Yard Dash, which was the fastest-ever for a CB that was 6-foot or taller and weighed more than 200 pounds. Additionally, Woolen had the 6th-highest vertical jump for cornerbacks in NFL at 42 inches, so there is no denying the Cowboys wouldn’t be getting a crazy-gifted player for their secondary.

https://twitter.com/UTSAFTBL/status/1500648678024826881?s=20&t=2uyfYDFmSq_bRI7HJIphrg

Now as it seems more of the talk around Woolen is around his athletic traits than his game tape, I feel the franchise couldn’t pass up because of them, and they would bank on his developing him under and Coach .

Woolen would ultimately give the Cowboys another playmaker on their defense, and he would match up better with some of the bigger wide receivers that took advantage of and the other defensive backs this year.

So, now ask yourself, why not Woolen?

What do you think?

Rocky Garza Jr

Written by Rocky Garza Jr

Rolling with the Boyz since 96'. Chop up sports with me on Twitter @rockssjr.

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