Packers Select DE Colby Wooden in 2023 NFL Draft - Round 4

The Packers double up on rush D-linemen.

 

Colby Wooden, Auburn, DE

 

MEASURABLES/PRO DAY:

6'4 273 lbs, 4.79 40 yd dash, 7.49 3-cone, 4.43 shuttle. 

 

NFL SCOUTING REPORT:

NFL.COM -- Defensive line prospect whose steady weight gain and frame development have allowed him to see the game at a variety of alignments. Wooden is at his most disruptive when attacking from the interior. He has a quick first step to attack gaps and threaten the pocket, but he’s unable to sit down and drop a deep anchor against bullies in the run game. Wooden’s activity level and hand skill are the keys to his current and future success -- they allow him to keep pressure on blockers from snap to whistle. High football character and scheme versatility work in Wooden's favor, but he will need to find the right team fit.

CAREER NOTES: 

A 22-year-old Georgia native, Wooden was a redshirt freshman in 2019. A tweener who can play inside and out, he was productive from both spots. By 2022 he played all 12 games for the Tigers, recording 45 stops (11.5 for loss with six sacks), three pass breakups and a team-high three forced fumbles, per NFL.com.

FIT WITH THE PACKERS:

The Packers prioritize versatility, and Wooden's ability to move spots across the line and rush from anywhere fits well. Wooden rounds out the rushing component of the D-line, joining first round pick Lukas Van Ness, Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. 

COMMENTARY:

Wooden is unquestionably a disruptor as a pass-rusher. His speed, power and get-off were prized by pre-draft analysts, and his tape shows why. Concerns from many analysts are his ability to anchor against the run, given his lighter weight and unpolished technique. It will be interesting to see how much Wooden plays his first year, but with Rashan Gary's looming contract status and Preston Smith's age, the depth is smart, and Woden has time to develop. 

 

CHTV DRAFT GUIDE:

Wooden played 5t and 3t in college and likely projects to a similar role in the NFL. In the run game he's explosive and powerful at the point of attack. He plays with impressive lower-body strength, quick hands and an excellent understanding of block deconstruction -- his ability to shed blocks from a variety of positions helps him chase down runs from behind. Wooden has the explosive ability to win on slants and penetration. As a pass rusher, he uses quick hands and a signature swipe-rip move to win. His effectiveness in that realm will increase if he can diversify his toolbox of moves and counters.

 

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Jonathan Krim grew up in New York but got hooked on the Packers — and on hating the Cowboys — watching the Ice Bowl as a young child.  He blames bouts of unhappiness in his late teens on Dan Devine. A journalist for several decades who now lives in California, he enjoys trafficking in obscure cultural references, lame dad jokes and occasionally preposterous takes. Jonathan is a Packers shareholder, and insists on kraut with his brats. You can follow Jonathan on twitter at @Jkrim.

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Coldworld's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:13 pm

Another guy with disruptive ability but a reputation of being weak against the run? I’d rather have added a bigger, more stout run defender on initial reaction. More of what we have?

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croatpackfan's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:21 pm

Coldworld maybe they are OK with Ford and Slayton. Who knows.

But this draft types for DL looks like they are going into the 4 3 type of D. Alltogether Barry was playing 4 front a lot last season.

We will see how it will pan out.

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PeteK's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:30 pm

and slaton

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murf7777's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:57 pm

I think versatility with their lineman is the key, both of the picks played inside and outside in their college careers. They will have a lot of players with movement, whether that be pre or post snap….. Clark is similar who can play either.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Interesting because when reading at Bleacher Report they seem to believe he is a pretty stout run defender, but his pass rush leaves a lot to be desired. I'm going to keep an open mind until more research and information comes in on him.

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BubbaOne's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:23 pm

You're forgetting about Jonathan Ford 6' 5" 338.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Bubba,
He is too damn big to forget!!!

:)

Be nice to find out he has developed into a decent NT plugging the middle. That is a big man!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 29, 2023 at 06:05 pm

Best to use him in 4-2 sets. Does Barry understand run stop?

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PatrickGB's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:19 pm

273 lbs. but great RAS. I guess that means Clark stays at NT.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:25 pm

He is an inch shorter than LVN at 6'4", & 1 lb. heavier than LVN at 273, and runs a slower 4.79 in the 40 yard. Very curious with this selection!

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PeteK's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:31 pm

Look at the stats and the conference he played in. I like the pick.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:45 pm

Acme Packing Company has some good information on Colby Wooden. Has a RAS of 9.25

https://www.acmepackingcompany.com/green-bay-packers-draft/2023/4/29/237...

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DoubleJ's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:43 pm

That is his RAS at DT. As an EDGE his RAS is 7.75ish.

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Untylu1968's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:13 pm

Not all players with the same measurables are created equal.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:47 pm

9.25 RAS is pretty impressive, so he has to be a pretty good athlete.

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splitpea1's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:27 pm

More of a bulked-up LB that can play all over the line and disrupt the passing game--should be a great chess piece to employ. I like the pick. We should have the pass rush aspect of the draft covered now; time to move on to other areas of need. Side note: SF selected K Moody at 99, which really kind of surprised me being that early.

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BA4Packers's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:32 pm

A good depth player for a fourth round pick in a position that needs depth.

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DoubleJ's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:43 pm

If he can get gain an extra 10-20lbs he could be a good 3-Tech. Otherwise he is an EDGE player at his current weight that might do some inside rushing.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:01 pm

I did read somewhere that he has already put on some weight. Perhaps the team figured that it is best for him to stay inside. My guess is that the big fatties can be found later in the draft. I want run stuffers but an athletic DE makes sense too.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 29, 2023 at 05:58 pm

Five to six tech.

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murf7777's picture

April 29, 2023 at 12:50 pm

Consensus 150th so it seems like a bit of a reach. Although, in Feb. he was predicted to go in the 2nd round. Anyone know why he dropped so far over the past couple of months? F The drop was mostly from his combine numbers so I suspect that is the reason. Hopefully, he just had a bad day at the combine and he shows he really was a 2nd rounder!

They are truly building the trenches, last couple of years the OL and now the DL.

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GregC's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:11 pm

Seems to me like he is really an OLB who will only play inside in obvious passing situations. I thought the Packers already had that role well-covered. I was hoping for more like a 290-300 pounder with this pick.

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murf7777's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:15 pm

Quote from the Packers Scout: “Big, powerful ... he can definitely play (tackle). He's got the frame to carry what he needs to play D-tackle."

They must be planning on him adding 20lbs and play tackle. That makes sense. He certainly looks like he is big bone type.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:21 pm

Murf,
Seems like a condundrum as he didn't do well at the Combine how did he get a 9.25 RAS score?

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murf7777's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:26 pm

I know, look at the combine stats at NFL draft buzz they show most everything right around average, some just above and some below. Does’t make sense to me.

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DoubleJ's picture

April 29, 2023 at 04:13 pm

His 9.25 RAS is as a DT. As an EDGE he has a 7.75 or so RAS.

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WD's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:19 pm

let's just say we need our big men like Jonathon Ford and TJ Slaton to step up this season. Teams have been running up the middle long enough.

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Since'61's picture

April 29, 2023 at 01:28 pm

An interesting pick. He will probably be used as a rotational player in passing downs at least initially. Unless and/or until he bulks up he won't hold the point against the run. The Packers need Ford and/or Slayton to step up against the run game in 2023. I see Woden as depth at Edge for 2023 and possibly at ILB in specific down and distance situations. Thanks, Since '61

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davekenya's picture

April 29, 2023 at 02:50 pm

For the record...I'd've gone Antonio Johnson (TAMU) instead - fills need and good upside -- or even Skinner...both at Safety. We'll have to see whose crystal ball is clearer...

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