James Wiggins

S, Cincinnati

  • Conf American Athletic - East
  • Jersey #32
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'0"
  • DOB --
  • WT 205 lbs


    PROS: Smart in coverage with a clear understanding of his role in zone drops and what the leverage of the defense is designed to do. Does well to leverage routes, keep things in front of him and cap reads for the quarterback. Has easy movement skills with fluid mobility in all directions. Smooth pedal, transitions and change of direction skills. 2018 tape revealed a secure and physical tackler but there have been some intermittent issues in 2020 where he drops his head and fails to wrap, primarily in run support. Gets himself in good position to tackle when conceding a completion and yards after the catch are contained to a minimum. Angles are properly calculated and he plays under control. Hunts the football and his ball skills were terrific in 2018 despite some missed opportunities in 2020. Rakes at the football when he has smart chances to do so as a tackler. Experienced playing split zones, one high and even some man coverage from the slot and he is sufficient in all coverage techniques. 

    CONS: Missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL. Suffered a right arm injury against Houston in Week 10 of 2020 and his timetable to return is uncertain. Is generally where he is supposed to be in coverage but there are times he can be a tick late in how he responds and there are missed opportunities to drive on routes. Not immune to a missed tackle on account of lapses in technique in terms of wrapping and keeping his head up.