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3 things to know about cornerback Rachad Wildgoose


The Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Rachad Wildgoose with the 29th pick of the sixth round (213th overall) during Day 3 of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Here are three things to know.

1. The numbers

Wildgoose recorded 57 tackles in 24 career games at the University of Wisconsin, including five tackles for loss. He had one interception, 14 passes defended, and three fumble recoveries.

The corner was limited to two games as a junior in 2020. He recorded 33 tackles, including three for loss, and his lone interception as a sophomore in 2019.

2. Moving forward

Wildgoose had his junior season cut short by a broken scapula, forcing him to turn his attention to the NFL.

"Honestly, a lot went into my decision," he told reporters as Wisconsin's pro day. "If I would have finished the season, I would have still left after my junior season. I was talking with coach (Jim) Leonhard throughout my three years here, and I told him when I first got here to, you know, don't let me settle, don't settle with me, push me to be my greatest.

"And after camp, he was telling me like, 'Bro, if you can keep this up the whole world's going to know what I know.' I talked to my parents about it and just me also believing in my skills and watching myself develop and feeling you know, ready enough physically and mentally. When I got coach Leonhard's support, I was like, all in."

3. An impressive pro day

Wildgoose posted a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, which would have ranked fifth among corners at last year's NFL Combine.

"I was shooting for 4.4-low, 4.3-high, and I hit 4.41," he told reporters afterward, according to Rivals. "So [I am] satisfied, but I feel like I could have went a little bit faster, but I'm satisfied with my numbers today."