Tariq Woolen Turning Heads at Seahawks OTAs

Larry Rupp
Rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen is a star at Seattle Seahawks OTAs.
Rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen is a star at Seattle Seahawks OTAs. / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks emphasized their need for depth in the secondary when they selected a pair of cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Cincinnati standout Coby Bryant was taken in the fourth round, but it is fifth-round selection Tariq Woolen out of UTSA that is emerging as a standout at Seahawks OTAs.

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Woolen is reportedly making a noteworthy first impression among his teammates and coaches. Head coach Pete Carroll even went as far as calling him the "flashiest guy" in camp. After the 23-year-old nearly sprinted under an overthrown ball in coverage, veterans on the team started to take notice.

It's not the first time Woolen is being praised for his athleticism. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound ballhawk turned heads at the NFL combine when he ran an official 4.26-second 40-yard dash. It was the fastest time in NFL history by a player standing over six feet tall. Talk about untapped potential.

Woolen wasn't the most productive player in college, racking up a total of 63 tackles (5.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 9 pass breakups in 34 games. He fits the mold of a typical big Seattle CB, though. Carroll has gotten the best out of those kind of players throughout his head coaching tenure.

Sidney Jones and Tre Brown seemed to be locked in as the team's starting CB duo, but backups Justin Coleman and Artie Burns are far from safe. Woolen has a shot to work his way up the depth chart during training camp. All he has to do is keep making plays when the ball comes his way.

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