Tariq Castro-Fields has been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the final pick of the 6th round, Selection No. 221 in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is the second player from the Penn State secondary following Jaquan Brisker to be selected in this year’s draft after Jaquan Brisker who went to the Chicago Bears with the 48th pick overall.
Castro-Fields was a first team all-state and a Washington D.C. Metro selection out of Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, MD.
He was a three-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection at his time at Penn State with his best season coming in 2019 when he recorded 52 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
Castro-Fields is viewed by scouts as a physical corner that possesses appealing size (6-1, 197 pounds), speed (4.38 40 yard time a the NFL combine), and athleticism to play on the outside and at the slot at the next level.
Scouts believe that he needs to work on his spatial awareness and ball-hawking awareness that didn’t allow him to get the stats that he could have in his time at Happy Valley. However, with the right coaching he can be a solid starter in the NFL.