Safety isn’t as dire of a need for the Jacksonville Jaguars as other positions on defense are, but the Jaguars should still address the position in both free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft. They will likely add a veteran in free agency, with Marcus Williams be one rumored target, and select one in the draft to develop.
The Safety class this year isn’t an exceptionally strong one. There are some solid prospects between the early and mid-rounds of the draft but it begins to thin out in the later rounds.
James Wiggins could be a hard-hitter for the Jaguars
Cincinnati safety James Wiggins is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on. He missed the 2019 season due to a torn ACL and unfortunately didn’t get a full 2020 season to bounce back. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown cutting his season short, he still put up a solid performance. He finished his collegiate career with 87 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, five interceptions. He was named to First-Team All-American by The Athletic in 2020.
Injury concerns are likely going to have a negative impact on Wiggins’ draft stock. If Wiggins is able to prove in pre-draft workouts that his previous injuries have no long-term effect on him, he could be a steal on day two of the draft.
What Wiggins has to show for is his athleticism, explosiveness, and big-play ability. He’s a proactive playmaker who is a hard-hitter, has good ball skills and awareness. He has some inconsistencies in his game and lacks top-end speed but keeps proving that he can come back from adversity.
Jarrod Wilson has been a solid starter for the Jaguars but they should welcome all competition within the position. Wiggins was a key player for the Cincinnati Bears’ defense and given a good situation to develop, he can be a key player for an NFL defense.