Birthday: January 26, 1980
Strengths: Andre Woolfolk has the rare athleticism to start for a national power on either side of the ball. As a redshirt freshman, he was a full-time wide receiver, but during his sophomore year, in addition to starting on offense, Woolfolk also contributed in spot duty as a cornerback. Last season he played the first four games at receiver and then finished out the year on defense. He had his best game of the year against Texas, when he made seven tackles, pulled in an interception (which he returned 39 yards), broke up two passes, and blocked a field goal attempt. Woolfolk has focused entirely on defense this offseason and is expected to play solely cornerback his senior year.
At 6’1", Woolfolk has the size to match up with the bigger wide receivers as well as enough speed to run with them. Very quick and agile, Woolfolk has natural cover skills. As a receiver, he showed excellent hands and concentration; on more than one occasion making a circus catch with a defender draped over him. When he gets more time on defense, his interception numbers should increase dramatically. His ability to run after the catch also makes him a real threat in the broken field after picking passes off. The Sooners have not used Woolfolk as a return man, but he seems well-suited for that job as well. The Oklahoma coaches love his work ethic and his willingness to do whatever is in the best interests of the team.
Areas for Concern: Due to his flip-flopping back and forth between offense and defense, Woolfolk is still raw as a cornerback. In order to fulfill his significant potential on defense, he must improve his technique. Up to this point, his athleticism is ahead of his fundamentals at the position, although that may change with his apparently permanent commitment to cornerback.
How Would He Look in Steel Blue? If Woolfolk continues to work hard and develops his cornerback skills as expected, he will be a high pick in the 2003 draft.
Even though he is a little rough around the edges, his athletic ability puts him in the elite class of prospects. At this stage in the team’s development, the Texans need as many impact players as they can find to form their nucleus, and Woolfolk very well may be that type of player. If he does end up with the Texans, he would be the second member of his family to play for an NFL team in Houston: his cousin Butch was a running back for the Oilers and led the team in receptions in 1985.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Andre Woolfolk’s 2001 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 9 19 2 1 1 0 Andre Woolfolk Return to The War Room
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