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2015 NFL DRAFT
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E.J. Biggers

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180 | College: Western Michigan
 
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Overview

There's no question Biggers is a good athlete. The Miami native was named Dade County Player of the Year in high school, which is awarded to the best player in the talent-rich region.

However, defensive back/quarterback wasn't heavily recruited in-state, and considered Kansas, Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State before final choosing Western Michigan over Kansas.

Biggers intercepted seven passes in 46 games for Western Michigan, adding 136 tackles and 19 passes defensed overall.

After finishing his Broncos career, Biggers returned to South Florida to train in Davie, Fla. with Western Michigan teammate Louis Delmas.

"Finishing up the season I knew I was going to have to work out and work hard to get ready for these drills," Biggers told the Kalamazoo Gazette after his March pro day. "The film shows a lot, but you also want to work out in the eye of the coaches. You want to look good in front of them because a lot of coaches haven't been to games this year and sometimes they probably weren't even paying attention to who you were. You come out here, people know who you are because you are singled out more."

The problem he faces making an NFL roster is excelling at one position. He's very fast and a willing tackler at 6-feet, but lacks the technique right now to hang with NFL receivers. And a switch to safety would be difficult on his lanky build.

Biggers will need to make an early impression on special teams until it's determined if he can make it as an NFL corner or safety.

Analysis

Positives: Lanky build with room for additional growth. Good height for the position. Long arms, which he uses well to battle with receivers. Good leaping ability. Reliable open-field tackler who has no problem coming up in run support. Attacks the line of scrimmage. Plays the game with an aggressive mind set. Productive special teams performer who can tackle in space.

Negatives: A bit of a 'tweener. Skinny build that may not be ready for the additional physicality of the NFL. Loses a bit in his transition. Long-legged and lacks explosiveness out of his breaks and gives up too much cushion. Lacks the athletic ability to remain with NFL receivers. Could struggle with the adjustment to the safety position due to his lanky build. Was surrounded by a great deal of talent in this defensive backfield.

Career Notes

Credited with 136 tackles in 46 career games. … Also intercepted seven passes with 88 yards in returns and defended 19 passes. … Named second-team All-MAC in 2008.

2008 Season

Named second-team All-MAC in 2008.

2007 Season

Started all 12 games … recovered fumble vs. West Virginia (9/1) … had six solo tackles with eight total at Missouri (9/15) … three tackles in three consecutive games vs. Central Conn. State (9/22), Toledo (9/29) and Akron (10/6) … had five total tackles with one break-up play vs. Central Michigan (11/6) … ran an interception back for 38 yards at Iowa (11/17), two solo tackles … had three solo tackles and a break-up play vs. Temple (11/24).

2006 Season

Started all 12 games … two pass breakups vs. Indiana (9/2) … had first career interception for a return of six yards vs. Temple (9/23) … had interceptions in three consecutive games (Temple, Ohio, Northern Illinois) … had five tackles and one interception vs. Eastern Michigan (10/28) … had two tackles vs. Florida State (11/18) … had two tackles and two pass breakups and recorded one pass for 76 yards and a touchdown (all career firsts) vs. Cincinnati in the International Bowl (1/6).

2005 Season

Appeared in nine games and started three as a true freshman … finished season with 27 tackles (21 solo), four pass breakups, four passes defended … ranked 15th on Athlon Sports MAC Recruiting Rankings … ranked 15th on VandelaySports.com Top MAC Freshman … made collegiate debut at and first career start Virginia (9/3) … registered first career tackle against the Cavaliers, finishing with six (four solo) … recorded career-high eight stops (seven solo) against Central Michigan (11/12) … deflected a pair of passes against Chippewas.

INJURY WATCH

No significant injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Pro Day: 36-inch vertical jump.

High School

Defensive back, quarterback … three-year starter … named Dade County Player of the Year, given to the best player in Miami … rated as the 38th-best cornerback prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 67 prospect in the state of Florida … recorded 40 tackles and five interceptions senior season … picked off 16 passes during his career … considered Kansas, Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State … final choices were WMU and Kansas.

Personal

Son of Sandra Biggers … born June 13, 1987 in Miami.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 7/217 -- E.J. Biggers, CB, 5-11, 180, Western Michigan...The 6-foot, 180-pound Biggers has the size to play bump coverage with 4.34 speed. Will compete with Elbert Mack for playing time as a nickel back.

04/19/2009 - The Lions hosted Western Michigan's E.J. Biggers for a pre-draft visit Friday. Biggers put up a really fast 40 time and a 36" vertical at his pro day, which elevated him into a late-round possibility in the draft. - John Niyo, The Detroit News

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