Reportedly met with Cincinnati prospect James Wiggins


CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 26: James Wiggins # 1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats converges for the tackle by Jaylen Jacobs # 32 of the Army Black Knights during the second half at Nippert Stadium on September 26, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey / Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Bills continue to do their homework on prospects as the NFL draft for 2021 draws closer by the day. According to Sal CapaccioThe Buffalo Bills already had a virtual zoom meeting with Cincinnati security prospect James Wiggins.

At 6 feet tall and weighing around 205 pounds, Wiggins is a physical freak with a reasonable straight-line speed that matches his physicality and tenacity in running support. Wiggins really only contributed to the Cincinnati Bearcats two of his college years because he tore up his ACL and missed the entire 2019 season. However, it is always positive to see a player bow their head and do the work of rehab to get themselves back on the field. Though a little less productive in 2020, Wiggins did just that, proving to Scouts that he can be a viable defensive piece in the NFL.

Before his ACL injury, Wiggins had a very productive 2018 season with a total of 54 tackles, 2 tackles for one loss and one forced fumble. In addition, Wiggins added value in cover with 5 passes defended, 4 interceptions and one interception that was returned for a touchdown in 2018. As mentioned earlier, Wiggins was a little less productive in 2020 after returning from his ACL injury. In the past season, Wiggins has played 9 games and recorded a total of 32 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 6 defended passes and one interception.

As things stand now, Wiggins is forecast to be the pick for the third day, which will most likely be picked somewhere in the fifth round. Despite its seemingly limitless versatility, the recent ACL violation and subsequent drop in production may scare some Scouts. However, the Buffalo Bills may be able to buy Wiggins cheaply and find some value in a player who could cost a selection for the fifth round but still be able to take on a role and play in the first year Contribute defense.

Wiggins seems to translate to the next level as boxing safety, but his adequate ball skills and cover production in college should highlight his versatility and attract several applicants to the design. It could perfectly fit in with the Buffalo Bills playing in the Big Dime package as a slot corner across from Taron Johnson. This would allow Wiggins to act as a pseudo linebacker in this big-dime package, with the ability to play downhill on the fly while retaining the ability to play the tone cover in the back end.