Bears select Defensive End Corey Wooten in 4th round


The Bears have selected Northwestern University defensive end Corey Wooten with their fourth round selection, #109 overall.  Here’s his profile from NFL.com.

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.

Check out this highlight reel I found on YouTube:

Not sure I would have taken a defensive end here with such a big need at O-line, but on the bright side, at least Wooten doesn’t have far to travel, coming just up the road from Evanston.

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  • michael brown

    Great couple of days for ‘Cats football in Chitown!! First Wrigley Field and now Corey is a Bear!! GO CATS!!!

  • City

    Hey Boomer!

    This is an odd pick… As an alum, I’m a huge fan of both Northwestern football and Corey Wooten. Corey has excellent character, and is a solid football player. During the Iowa game this year, you could see him finally turn it up a notch in terms of explosiveness and physicality. So, I think his knee is fine, but…

    To your point, if we just let two DE’s go, because we were comfortable with Idonije and Anderson, why wouldn’t we use our 2nd draft pick on a bigger need, like O-Line? This is a head-scratcher.

    Didn’t you say in a previous post that Angelo would draft a defensive lineman… lmao!

  • http://BearGoggleson DHunter

    I’ve heard Melton ain’t gonna cut it and Izzy is going to be moving back inside so I guess I can understand this pick in the 4th. But a QB in the 6th Round? Please don’t give me the “value pick” speech here.

    By not getting OL help, maybe they figure they are going to need another QB because JC will be in a wheelchair by the time he is 30!

    Angelo – go get the just-released Alan Faneca! He may not be the player he once was but he is better than anyone on that OL except for Olin!

  • Boomer

    Sorry I haven’t been around today to respond to the great comments. It was an odd day at Halas Hall, but sadly, that’s par for the course. Another D-linemen and a QB without making a serious push for O-line help really just boggle my mind. I hope they make a run at Faneca or another vet linemen in the free agent market that is about to open up in the coming weeks.