2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Nate Wiggins

Nate Wiggins, Clemson

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Nate Wiggins is a cornerback out of Illinois. He is from Atlanta, GA and was a 4-star recruit out of Westlake High School.

Wiggins started off slow, starting only 4 games as a Freshman for Clemson. He recorded 2 tackles and 2 passes defended in his playing time.

As a Sophomore for the Tigers, he got into 12 games and saw a substantial uptick in production. He was able to rack up 25 tackles and 9 passes defended.

His Junior season at Clemson is where he really took off. He recorded 23 tackles, 4 passes defended and 2 interceptions as he established himself as one of the best defensive backs in the country.


Measurables

Height: 6’2” (92nd-percentile)                                 

Weight: 185 lbs (20th-percentile)

Age: 20.4                                                        

Class: Junior


NCAA Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2021ClemsonACCFRCB41120.00.0000200
*2022ClemsonACCSO13254292.00.019898.01130000
*2023ClemsonACCJRCB10236291.01.025226.0160002
CareerClemson4911603.01.0315050.02210002
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/18/2024.

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Excellent technique allows him to be versatile and play all coverage types.
  • Reads defences better than just about any defender in college.
  • Possesses the ideal height and weight to be a prototypical cornerback in the NFL.
  • Patient and disciplined in coverage and is able to play with excellent anticipation.

Weaknesses

  • Can be beaten easily with a quick change in direction and will need to refine technique.
  • Lacks burst and speed to keep up with elite deep threats.
  • Has the height and weight needed but lacks muscle mass and would benefit from hitting the weight room.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Mid-to-Late 1st Round

Ideal Landing Spot: Las Vegas Raiders

Nate Wiggins Clemson
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

Currently, the Las Vegas Raiders have the 13th pick overall and are in desperate need of a cornerback of Wiggins’ calibre. Interim head coach Antonio Pierce had the Raiders clicking on all cylinders after taking over the job and if he returns as the Raiders’ head coach in 2024 this defence could be a much-improved unit.

Wiggins could be the young star that the Raiders are in need of and could be exactly what is needed to kick-start this Raiders rebuild.

What direction the Raiders go is anybody’s guess, but this is exactly the kind of player a team could build an elite defensive unit around.

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