Data Scout Notes: HMC/HMM/PLombardi/PNagurski/PBednarik/PHendricks/1st C/2nd M
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Defensive end Corey Wootton -- Had he not torn his knee up in Northwestern's Alamo Bowl loss to Missouri after the 2008 regular season, Wootton likely would have entered the draft a year ago and been a late-first- or early-second-round choice according to the NFL's Advisory Committee. As a junior he had 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, which is why they were thrilled when he was still on the board at 109.
A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 4/109 -- Corey Wootton, DE, 6-6, 270 Northwestern: Started 35 games at right end in his final three years after starting 12 games at left end as a freshman in 2006. Was a potential first-round pick after a junior season in which he had 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks but suffered a torn ACL in the Alamo Bowl and struggled after coming back from January '09 surgery. If he regains his junior-season form, he'll be a steal. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Corey Wootton News
10/23/14 - DE Corey Wootton, who missed Sunday's game because of a lower back injury, had full participation in Thursday's practice and is expected to return to the defensive line rotation as a backup on Sunday.
10/22/14 - DE Corey Wootton, who missed Sunday's game because of a lower back injury, was limited in practice on Wednesday. With him sidelined last week, rookie third-round pick Scott Crichton got eight snaps, his first action since the opener.
10/16/14 - DE Corey Wootton, who is a small part of the team's defensive line rotation, did not practice again on Thursday because of a lower back injury.
10/15/14 - DE Corey Wootton, who is a small part of the team's defensive line rotation, did not practice because of a lower back injury.
03/20/14 - DE Corey Wootton reached an agreement with the Vikings on a one-year contract.
Wootton's agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted Thursday night that a deal was in place. Wootton said on Twitter that he was "excited to start a new chapter" in his career.
Wootton, who is recovering from hip surgery, was with the NFC North rival Chicago Bears for the past four years.
In 15 starts for the Bears last year, Wootton had 34 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. He played in all 16 regular-season games the past two seasons and had 10 sacks.