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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