The 2024 NFL Draft CB class is strong at the top, but Clemson’s Nate Wiggins has a case to be one of the most tantalizing prospects in the group with his scouting report. Here’s a full breakdown of Wiggins and what he has to offer as an NFL CB prospect.
Nate Wiggins Draft Profile and Measurements
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 185 pounds
- Position: Cornerback
- School: Clemson
- Current Year: Junior
Wiggins joined up with the Clemson Tigers just a couple of years after AJ Terrell was drafted from the program as a first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons. Terrell has now developed into an NFL All-Pro, and some believe Wiggins compares favorably to him.
Wiggins first made his mark with the Tigers in 2022, amassing 13 pass deflections and an interception in a breakout sophomore campaign. He returned as an All-ACC performer in 2023, and while an ankle injury caused him to miss some time, he was lights-out on the field.
Thus far in 2023, Wiggins has accumulated a pick, a sack, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble — along with lockdown performances against early-round NFL Draft prospects like Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson.
Nate Wiggins Scouting Report
- Long and lean cornerback with excellent efficiency of motion and disruptive range.
- Throttles up with searing closing speed and explosiveness on click-and-close reps.
- Has the long-strider speed to run with vertical threats and minimize separation.
- Elastic short-area athlete with great foot speed, twitch, and corrective mobility.
- Has the hinge fluidity to swivel around at stems and accelerate freely on transitions.
- Adaptable mover who can tempo his pedal and transition from kick-slides in off-man.
- Recognizes routes and reacts to breaks near-instantly, allowing him to undercut passes.
- Patient and disciplined in off-man coverage and can suddenly snap and redirect forward.
- Has keen awareness and eye discipline in zone and can punish risk-takers at QB.
- Flashes disciplined footwork in press-man, rolling back his base while staying square.
- Can use his length to gather WRs and dictate spacing without resorting to grabbing.
- Understands leverage on the boundary and can drape receiving threats with his frame.
- Tracks and high-points passes with proficiency, using his vertical athleticism to rise.
- Does a nice job patiently processing WR extensions working with his back to the ball.
- Able to use his flexibility and length to pry through blocks and wrap up as a tackler.
- Long speed, while exceptional, might not be quantifiably elite in the deep third.
- Has room to add more mass to his frame and improve his overall play strength.
- Sometimes gives up too much space off the line on initial steps in press coverage.
- Occasionally plays a bit too tall at stems, inhibiting his sink and redirection efficiency.
- At times, gets his head around too early on fades, losing speed and positioning.
- On occasion, has room to improve his precision attacking the ball versus larger WRs.
- Can be outmuscled and tugged out of proper position late in reps by larger WRs.
- Sometimes struggles to get off blocks early in reps and can be easily displaced outside.
- Lighter frame does impact his ability to finish solo tackles in the open field at times.
Current Draft Projection and Summary
On my 2024 NFL Draft board, Nate Wiggins grades out as a potential top-five cornerback prospect and a potential first-round pick, who would also be an excellent deal on early Day 2.
Wiggins is a young and promising CB who has all of the tools to be a productive and multidisciplined cover man at the next level. At 6’2″, 185 pounds, he’s a lean athlete with an enthralling mix of quickness, closing speed, fluidity, and length.
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Beyond that physical combination, Wiggins also has some of the best coverage instincts, eyes, reaction speed, and route recognition in the class. He can blanket WRs in off-man and click-and-close without giving up extra space or transition from his pedal in zone and hawk in front of ill-fated passes.
Press-man is where Wiggins stands to improve a bit in coverage. He has disciplined footwork and can use targeted physicality, and his adaptable mobility is a big plus. But he sometimes gets drawn too far upfield by releases, and his play strength can improve at the line.
Run support is also an area of needed improvement for Wiggins, whose lean frame gets him in trouble against blocks. But overall, Wiggins is a very well-rounded prospect who has the athletic and mental tools to be an impact player at CB in the NFL, with added scheme versatility.
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