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NFL Draft 2021: CB Rachad Wildgoose scouting report

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After three years in Madison, the Miami native will take his talents to the NFL.

Syndication: Journal Sentinel Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Imagn Content Services, LLC

A late add to the 2018 recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers, Rachad Wildgoose was previously committed to the University of Georgia, before flipping to UW. The talented freshman got on the field early for coach Jim Leonhard, as the Miami native quickly climbed the depth chart and was put in critical positions.

After only two games in the 2020 abbreviated season, Wildgoose declared for the 2021 draft. In his Badgers career, Wildgoose accumulated 57 total tackles including 44 solo stops. He had five TFLs, one interception and three fumbles recovered.

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 197 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds

Vertical jump: 36” inches

Broad jump: 120” (10’0”)

Short shuttle: N/A

Three-cone drill: 7.00 seconds*

Bench press: 11 reps

*All testing numbers are from the Wisconsin Pro Day held on March 10th.

Strengths: Wildgoose plays with an alpha mentality that benefits him at cornerback. Has good speed for the position. He’s a loose and fluid athlete who aggressively attacks bubble screens and concepts happening in front of him. Effective in press technique when asked to do so. Willing tackler.

Weaknesses: Has the tendency to get beat inside when he misses his jam. On the verge of being considered short at the position. A willing but not always effective tackler, more likely to throw his body at a runners legs than being a sure, wrap up tackler.

Summary: Wildgoose is an SEC style player that ended up in Big Ten country, which didn’t always cater to his strengths fully. Wisconsin didn’t run a ton of man-to-man with their corners, opting for zone and looking to confuse opposing quarterbacks. He’s a best fit as a press man corner who can also slide inside and play nickel because of his willingness to tackle. He’s likely a solid sub-package corner who could start on the outside in a pinch, but shouldn’t be a depended on starting corner.

Ideal Scheme Fit: Press corner in an aggressive man to man defense. Single high coverages and aggressive blitz teams.

Projected Round: Round 5-7