Buffalo Bills 2021 Player Profile: Cornerback Rachad Wildgoose
Can Rachad Wildgoose make an impact as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills?
For the fifth straight year, the Buffalo Bills drafted a defensive back in the NFL Draft with the selection of Rachad Wildgoose out of the University of Wisconsin in the sixth round. During that stretch, the Bills have seen the rookies have varying levels of impact as a rookie from Tre’Davious White being a full-time starter to players like Jaquan Johnson and Siran Neal being special teams contributors.
However, all five previous players did see snaps during the regular season. The question is whether or not Rachad Wildgoose will continue that trend this coming season.
Weight: 191 pounds
Years of Experience: R
2020 College Stats
This past season Wildgoose’s playing time was limited in his final year with the University of Wisconsin. He appeared in two games before suffering a shoulder injury and finished the year with six total tackles, two tackles for a loss, and one pass defended.
Expectations for 2021 with the Buffalo Bills
The cornerback position is one that entering training camp has plenty of questions. There is a training camp battle for the starting job opposite Tre’Davious White and will likely go to either Levi Wallace or Dane Jackson.
However, this isn’t a guarantee and if Wildgoose has a good training camp and preseason he could earn his way into the starting lineup.
The more likely scenario though is that Rachad Wildgoose will be competing for a backup role on the 53-man roster. There is a group of players that includes Wildgoose and Cam Lewis, as well as undrafted free agent rookies Olaijah Griffin and Nick McCloud, for one of those final spots on the depth chart.
If he is going to make the team in that role he will need to show he can contribute on special teams, which is one of the reasons players like Siran Neal and Jaquan Johnson made the 53-man roster as a rookie.