Monday, 8 February 2010
POTD: Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
By Kip Earlywine
Unofficial 40: 4.83
-Big, tall, and strong
-Sometimes decent bull rush, edge rush
-Hard to move
-Good stats in 2008 (16 TFL, 10 sacks)
-Can play 3-4 end or 4-3 end
-No character concerns, seems like a leader on the field
-Disappeared in 2009 (6 TFL, 4 sacks)
-Slow for a DE, lacks agility too.
-Might be better suited in a 3-4. In a 4-3 he'd be a LDE only
-Mediocre hand use and limited pass rush repertoire
-Will occasionally drop his head or misdiagnose
-Seemed to be dinged up a lot in 2009
Wootton is a buy low player who should end up drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round. He's a bit of a boom or bust player, as shown by his 2008/2009 stats. I think he's almost certainly better than his '09 stats because he seemed to be suffering from smaller injuries a lot last year. However, I think its meaningful that Wootton pretty much disappeared once he was only 80% or 90%. To me that indicates that he wasn't a truly dominant player when healthy. He'll continue to have injuries from time to time in the NFL, and I'd hate to see him become completely shut down from them.
Wootton to me looks like a classic run stopping DE, and should probably be drafted by a 3-4 team. If he stayed completely healthy and had a best case scenario, he'd only be a little better than Lawrence Jackson, and Jackson is just now shaking off his "entry" years in which DE's typically struggle. So I doubt Wootton would make a lot of sense to the Seahawks, especially since they don't have a 3rd rounder. If he became a star, it wouldn't shock me, but he's risky and doesn't offer the kind of pass rushing upgrade the Seahawks are looking for, so he seems like an unlikely option.
Posted by Kip Earlywine