49ers NFL Draft: 5 prospects who will ace their 2022 combine workouts

Defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. of Minnesota (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tariq Woolen, UTSA Roadrunners
American defensive back Tariq Woolen of UTSA (20) Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

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49ers prospect No. 3: CB Tariq Woolen, UTSA

While Kyle Hamilton would be an awesome addition to San Francisco’s secondary, it’s likely those needs will be addressed in Rounds 2, 3 and 4, perhaps doubling up on spots like cornerback with at least two of the picks in those three rounds.

A more realistic target for the 49ers is UTSA cornerback Tariq Woolen, a converted wide receiver who is still relatively new to the position but nevertheless has plenty of intangibles teams will covet.

At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, it’s hard not to get excited about the kind of imposing frame Woolen has, and his long frame is more than adept at getting in the way of passes.

Yet the truly intriguing reason why teams like the Niners will pay attention to Woolen at the NFL Combine is because of his speed. Unlike a lot of other big-bodied cornerbacks, Woolen doesn’t lack for explosiveness, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get into that magical 4.3 40-yard dash time, almost unheard of for a defensive back over 6-foot-3.

Despite his relative inexperience at the position, Woolen showing off his speed will certainly entice teams to place a higher grade on him than they might have before.

Perhaps to the point where San Francisco has to consider him in Round 2.