5 NFL Combine stars that are rising up the Steelers draft board

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American defensive back Tariq Woolen of UTSA (20) Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

With the NFL Combine wrapped up, these five options should be flying up the Steelers draft boards after impressive testing.

The NFL Combine is one of the biggest dominos to fall during draft season. NFL hopefuls get measured and are tested athletically as teams envision what these rookies could bring to their teams.

The Steelers usually put a good deal of stock in the combine, as they prefer athletes and usually display interest in their draft targets during the testing week. Here are five players that have to be rising up the team’s draft board after the combine.

Steelers should be interested in Woolen

One of the freakiest testers at the combine, Tariq Woolen has all of the physical traits to be an elite cornerback at the NFL level assuming he continues to develop. He has abnormal size at 6’4, 205 pounds yet tested like an elite athlete. His 4.26 forty-yard dash was one of the best recorded at the combine.

Add in his 42-inch vertical and you have an explosive athlete. While his tools are there, he still needs a lot of refinement as a coverage option. He is relatively new to the sport, and it shows at times, as he can be grabby and get off-center in coverage. As well, his physicality as a tackler is lacking despite his size.

His testing will certainly cause him to shoot up draft boards. Seen as a fourth or third-round pick, the Steelers would likely have to use their second-round pick to land Woolen. Assuming the team doesn’t land a top cornerback in free agency, a pick like that actually makes sense. A mid-tier veteran would allow Woolen the time to develop. Given his incredible athleticism, the Steelers are likely to be interested in Woolen come April.