NFL: Wootton Trying to Silence Doubters

Rookie DE Corey Wootton fell to the fourth round of the draft because of an old neck injury, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mancini’s Take: Despite Wootton’s considerable size and talent, he remains a boom-or-bust pick until he can truly bounce back from a devastating ACL tear he suffered in the Alamo Bowl two seasons ago. The New Jersey native has admitted numerous times that he was never close to full strength during his senior campaign. His burst, explosion and lateral movement were all very much compromised. Will he ever return to being the pass-rushing headhunter he was in 2008? When completely healthy, the 6’6″, 270-pound Wootton displayed amazing sideline-to-sideline quickness in pursuit of ballcarriers and elite change-of-direction ability, making him a versatile lineman who could line up in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. What makes the success of this long-armed third-round pick so vital to the Jerry Angelo/Lovie Smith

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