Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft quick reaction grade: Rachad Wildgoose

Jan 1, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Rachad Wildgoose (5) celebrates after an interception by linebacker Jack Sanborn (57) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Rachad Wildgoose (5) celebrates after an interception by linebacker Jack Sanborn (57) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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After selecting Damar Hamlin the pick before, the Buffalo Bills were back on the clock and selected cornerback Rachad Wildgoose out of the University of Wisconsin. This past season he was limited to only two games due to an injury but prior to that showed some flashes that he could develop into a starter for this defense.

The question for the Buffalo Bills is where they envision Wildgoose in the NFL. He has experience on the outside and as a nickel corner. At 5’11’ and 197 pounds, he may be better suited inside but the fact he has played both is certainly a positive.

When looking at his stats, there isn’t much that jumps out here as he had only 57 total tackles, five tackles for a loss, one interception and 14 passes defended in 24 games. The fact that he only played two games this past year certainly didn’t help his case to be selected higher in the NFL Draft.

Quick reaction grade for the Bills selection of Rachad Wildgoose: C+

The versatility that Wildgoose brings to the position is certainly a positive and the Buffalo Bills not only get a player who can back up Taron Johnson but also potentially step in on the outside, but this would not be his strength. He is a player that would be one of the last options in that situation among the cornerbacks on the roster.

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The reason I gave the grade I did was that the Buffalo Bills really could have used a cornerback who could compete for the starting job right away. The fact they have waited this long doesn’t really give them that player. He is more of a developmental prospect and a player who could step in at nickel if the need were to arise.