The seemingly exponential develop of NFL passing games is fast being countered by the evolution of cornerbacks to a bigger, rangier type of athlete.
Nevada's Khalid Wooten fits the mold of this new style of corner to allow him to match up with the abundance of larger, more physical receivers in the NFL.
Wooten may not be the class of this year's corner crop, but many quality prospects have been found outside of the top-rated prospects at this position.
Name/DOB: Khalid Bilal Wooten | February 19, 1990
Hometown: Rialto, CA
High School: Carter High School
Wooten proved to be a versatile athlete in high school, playing both quarterback and free safety and was a four-year letterman. In his senior year, he rushed for more than 700 yards and threw for just shy of 1,200 yards. He also lettered in track and volleyball.
Wooten was also heavily recruited by UTEP, but chose to join the Wolf Pack to take advantage of the more readily available opportunities.
After redshirting his freshman year and proving himself to be valuable depth at the position in his second year, Wooten took full advantage when finally given an opportunity in a starting role.
He racked up 73 stops, four interceptions, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles in 2011 before putting together an equally marvelous senior year.
*stats gathered from Nevada Athletics
Weight: 210 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Size: 9 1/8"
40-yard Dash: 4.53 sec
Broad Jump: 117"
Vertical Jump: 33.5"
Three-Cone Drill: 6.95 sec
20-yard Shuttle: 4.18 sec
Bench Press: 17 reps
60-yard TD: 11.41 sec
Pro Day Results
40-yard Dash: 4.48 sec
20-yard Shuttle: 4.19 sec
Wooten has all the measurables of a corner ready to make the jump to the NFL, but he's still a very talent. Given time to be coached up in the right situation, he can easily become a quality man coverage corner in the NFL.
Wooten was Citrus Belt League MVP in 2007 and a two-time first-team All-League selection in 2006 and 2007 at Carter High School. He also guided the team to the city championship in both 2006 and 2007
Wooten was selected second-team All-League as a sophomore and Honorable Mention as a freshman.
Durability does not appear to be an issue. He has appeared in 52 career games and has suffered no significant injuries.
No off-the-field red flags we are currently aware of.
BR's Sean O'Donnell noted Wooten's strength and weaknesses:
Wooten has a good size and strength combination to serve as an outside cornerback at the next level. He is strong enough to challenge a larger receiver in coverage. He shows his toughness by constantly getting a hit on a receiver within five yards to knock him off a route.
He does have fluid-enough hips to allow him a nice transition out of his backpedal. His upper-body strength comes into play once again as a tackler, which allows him to wrap up and throw down ball-carriers.
Doubling as a punt returner, Wooten shows a natural ability to be elusive in space and has great vision when carrying the football.
Wooten does not possess elite straight-line speed and is susceptible to getting beat on deep routes by quicker receivers. He does show decent recovery speed but will only be able to catch a receiver with average speed.
He struggles reading the quarterback and anticipating the route of the wide receiver.
Because of this, he struggles to get his head turned around when the ball comes his way. This could create an issue drawing penalties at the next level.