Will E.J. see the field this year?

Then and now: E.J. Biggers

I am continuing the look back at the Bucs 2009 draft class, next on the list is the corner back from Western Michigan, E.J. Biggers. The 5’11″ 180 lb. corner was selected in the 7th round, 217th overall. He missed nearly all of last season with a shoulder injury, but is healthy and ready to go this year. Let’s take a look at his background and what he could possibly bring to the Bucs this season.

Biggers played 46 games while at Western Michigan, totaling 6 interceptions, 136 solo tackles, and 19 passes defended. He is a solid tackler, able to lock up the ball carrier by himself. Biggers has good footwork and lateral speed, but lacks elite straight line speed, making it difficult for him to match up with receviers. He is also very lanky, his thin frame makes it difficult for him to build up muscle mass, so Biggers never played at the safety position.

When Biggers was selected, many people questioned the pick. Many experts did not see him being drafted, but as being the former secondary coach, we believe Raheem Morris has a plan for Biggers. The bigger question mark is what position does he play at? Biggers has always been a corner back, he has the footwork for the position, but lacks the speed to keep up with NFL wide receivers, they will simply run past him. He is not suited for safety either, not just because of his speed problems, but his lanky frame make him too small to come up and tackle, supporting the run. He would probably be run over if he tried to hold his ground.

Biggers, now that he is healthy, will most likely play special teams all season long, chances are slim that he even gets to play at corner due to the depth and talent at this position (Barber, Talib, Lewis, and Mack). Biggers is definitely a project player, someone that Raheem can teach and someday turn into a good starter in this league. But for now, Biggers will have to stand and watch and play when given the chance.

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  • Fatmosh

    Not fast enough??? He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash!

  • pewtermatt

    Combine speed is one thing, but actually matching up against a receiver is what I am concerned about, playing at Western Michigan he never faced the toughest competition, I fear his lack of speed may be a problem.

  • Fatmosh

    Well, we certainly haven’t seen much to tell us either way.

    I’m more concerned that he’s a rather small CB (more in the mold of Barber) and unlike the newer, bigger CBs that we’re seemingly headed toward (Talib, Lewis).

  • pewtermatt

    Very true, corners are getting bigger, so are receivers, he is going to be undersized to start with. He has long strides and matching up against the quick cuts of the elite receivers in the game, he is over matched. Hopefully playing behind Talib and Lewis, he will learn how to play tight coverage.

  • http://ThePewterPlank bostonbronco

    Didn’t Louis Delmas, last year’s rookie of the year defensive back for the Detroit Lions, go to Western Michigan.

    Didn’t Greg Jennings, wide receiver and last year All-pro nominee for the Green Bay Packers, play for Western Michigan University.

    Didn’t Tony Scheffer, now with the Detroit Lions and currently Tight Ends receiving yardage leader per catch, play for Western Michigan.

    Didn’t Tim Hiller, now trying out with with the Baltimore Colts as a backup Q.B, break a mulitude of MAC QB records. The MAC which is known as the conference of Q.B’s.

    Didn’t John Offerdahl, former 5 time all-pro from Miami Dolphins, play for Western Michigan University.

    Now,…could you please tell me, again, what the disadvantage is of playing for Western Michigan University is….for I must have missed something here.

  • pewtermatt

    Never said that playing at Western Michigan he would never make it in the pros at all, on the day to day basis, Biggers did not play the toughest competition at Western Michigan, which is not knocking their program. Western Michigan would face not face the level of the SEC ever single week, so judging the level that Biggers can play at makes it tough, look at where he was drafted at.

  • macman

    I think that the whole competition thing is a real poor school of thought. If you knew what schools like Western Michigan scheduled on a year to year basis in an out of conference schedule, people would not be so quick to say they haven’t played anybody. Look it up, Biggers played some of the best competition around. Not to mention he comes from talent rich Florida. He has played against his share of fast guys. And this idea he doesn’t have straight line speed is silly. He ran a sub 4.4 on his senior day, its what got him drafted in the first place.

    Another thing to mention is, the NFL is beginning yearly to fill up with guys from the MAC. Is it the week to week talent you would see in the SEC? No of course not, but I can almost guarantee you that defenders in the MAC see a lot more wide open offenses and have to use their coverage ability a lot more than say the Big Ten. Almost all the offenses are spreads.

    Just some food for thought. Im not ripping too much on your analysis. There is reasons he lasted til the 7th round obviously, but the competition aspect is getting weaker by the year, and there is not a lot of indication that being from a small school can preclude you from having success.

    The guys Boston Bronco just listed are from Western Michigan only, and that is just in the past few years. There are a lot of guys from smaller schools in the NFL excelling. I mean guess where NFL defensive mvp Harrison of Pittsburgh came from…….

  • Matt Staton

    Like I said, not ripping the competition of Western Michigan, but if you compare their conference play to say, the SEC and Alabama, the competition and athletic talent levels are not the same. He is from athletic rich Florida, so why didn’t the Florida schools go after him as much? The combine speed is good, but in pads, matched up with a wide receiver, not the same thing at all.

    I agree, the level of competition is getting better and the smaller schools are able to keep up with the big powers (not a big fan of the Big Ten and its ability compared to the Pac-10 or SEC, just for the record) but the overall talent in the NFL comes from the Big Schools, but it is beginning to change for the better at least.

  • Hewster

    This just goes to show you that any bozo with an opinion can write a blog. The guy is plenty fast. He may be easily jammed at the line, may have tight hips, or a problem staying healthy. But the one thing that we know he has, which is speed, is the one thing this jethro questions.