2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Rachad Wildgoose Jr

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Rachad Wildgoose Jr. was a surprise entry into the 2021 NFL Draft. His resume of game tape at Wisconsin was fairly lean and he only played in two games this season before a shoulder injury brought the end of his campaign—not an inspiring sample size to inject excitement into an unsuspecting draft profile. Wildgoose Jr. has shared time between the perimeter and nickel, the latter of which is where I will like him most at the pro level. Coming out of Jim Leonhard’s defensive system, Wildgoose Jr. should offer an NFL team a smart, savvy defensive presence even without the extensive game tape to back it up. The hope for Wildgoose Jr. to eliminate some of the erratic swings in his play was snuffed out by the dynamics of the 2020 season, however, so you do have something of a “flying blind” dynamic with his forecast. Wildgoose Jr. did show a high-level nose for the football in coverage and his quickness will be a useful tool for coverage in the slot. 

Ideal Role: Nickel corner.

Scheme Fit: Scheme diverse.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs is the Founder and Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.