NFL Combine 2024: Top CB prospect Nate Wiggins suffers injury after brilliant 40-yard dash

As the excitement from the Super Bowl settles, the NFL Combine 2024 takes center stage, with a star-studded event capturing headlines. While some draft hopefuls like Drake Maye and Caleb Williams opted not to participate in throwing drills, Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins stole the spotlight with his impressive performance at the combine.

Wiggins’ impressive showing at the combine came to a screeching halt when he went down with an unexpected injury. This setback has gripped fans in a frenzy, as his health could significantly impact his draft stock in the upcoming NFL selection process.

Nate Wiggins’s injury update

Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins’ NFL Combine stock received a bump after clocking a blazing 40-yard dash time, but it came at a cost. Initial reports indicated Wiggins pulled up during the run, feeling a “pop” in his groin area. However, NFL Network’s Stacey Dales later clarified the injury as a hip flexor strain, which is generally considered less serious. While early indications suggest Wiggins will be healthy for Clemson’s Pro Day on April 6th, official confirmation regarding his recovery timeline is still pending.

In a conversation with NFL Network’s Stacey Dales before leaving for the locker room, Wiggins described feeling a “pop” in his groin and experiencing discomfort in his leg.

Initially, the day seemed promising for Wiggins, as he showcased his speed with an impressive 40-yard dash time. His official 4.28-second 40-yard dash time solidified his position as the fastest among players who participated in the event thus far. However, the injury overshadowed his impressive performance and raised questions about his health moving forward.

Notably, Wiggins’ remarkable 40-yard dash time of 4.28 seconds was achieved despite a relatively slow 10-yard split time of 1.59 seconds. Amid his injury, the Clemson product expressed dissatisfaction with his 40-yard dash time, indicating his pursuit of excellence on the field.

Meanwhile, Wiggins entered the combine as one of the top prospects in his position, earning recognition from analysts like’s Bucky Brooks.

Nate Wiggins career stats

Nate Wiggins has already showcased his defensive prowess through impressive career stats. In 2023, he made a significant impact with 28 total tackles, including 22 solo tackles and 6 assists. Wiggins also contributed with 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions covering 52 yards, one of which he returned for a touchdown, per ESPN.

Looking back at his 2022 performance, Wiggins continued to shine with 30 total tackles, 26 solo tackles, and 4 assists. While he didn’t record a sack, he managed to secure an interception, showcasing his ball-hawking skills. Additionally, he had 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery during the season.

In the 2021 season, the vet defensive lineman made his presence felt with 11 total tackles, all solo, and 2 interceptions covering an impressive 98 yards. One of these interceptions resulted in a touchdown, highlighting his ability to impact the game in crucial moments.

Throughout his three-year tenure at Clemson, Wiggins participated in 27 games, leaving a lasting impact on the Tigers’ defense.

As he enters the draft process, he has been gaining recognition for his exceptional skills. ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper currently ranks him as the second-best cornerback on the ‘big board.’

Shabiha Akter

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