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Corey Wootton (DE)
  • Height:
    6'6"
  • Weight:
    270 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    Northwestern
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 11 (109)
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Pick Analysis: The Bears add an underrated defensive player with the selection of Corey Wootton. The versatile playmaker has the size and skills to play multiple positions along the line, and has the potential to emerge as a playmaker in the Bears' up-field rush scheme. A torn ACL in 2008 hindered his play last season, but he could outplay his draft status as he regains his health in future years.

Overview

Corey is an outstanding combination of size and strength for the position. His production is down from previous seasons and much of that can be attributed to a knee injury sustained in the Alamo Bowl at the end of last season. He is a decent athlete but not an explosive player off the edge. His lateral agility and change of direction hinders his playmaking ability in space. Corey does defend the run well and can anchor effectively to hold the point. He utilizes quick hands and long arms to control blockers but needs to expand his pass rush package to be effective at the next level. Wootton's measurables, instincts and toughness makes him an interesting prospect for most defensive fronts. He wasn't nearly as effective as previous seasons and knee concerns will be closely scrutinized going into the 2010 Draft.


Strengths

Wootton is big and has a great amount of power for the defensive end spot. He excels in run defense using his long arms and toughness to disengage from blockers and make plays. Shows good instincts and intelligence when diagnosing at the line of scrimmage. Had some impressive previous production earlier in career.

Weaknesses

Wootton only possesses average athleticism and isn't comfortable playing in space. Doesn't show the range to make plays away from him in the running game or the edge quickness to consistently get to the quarterback. Has some durability concerns (previous season ending neck injury, major knee injury).

Grade

7.9

 
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