Free safeties wish list – the top two
James Wiggins, Cincinnati
I am a big fan of James Wiggins not only because of his talent but with the excitement he plays with. The Seahawks do really well with players who like to express themselves. Chancellor did and so did Richard Sherman. The issues with Sherman were more of how critical he was to coaches not his celebrations on the field. Wiggins would be a great teammate as well.
Wiggins is 6′ and 210 pounds and fast. He can cover lots of ground and won’t give up the deep ball. His physical traits are supreme. One question about Wiggins is health as he tore his ACL in 2019 and missed the year but Wiggins seemed just as good in 2020 and he was before the injury so he should be fine in 2021.
Richard LeCounte III, Georgia
LeCounte III isn’t the best free safety in the 2021 NFL draft but he might be the best around when the Seahawks have a chance to take a free safety. LeCounte does not have blazing speed but he is quick enough. He also is a smart player who seems to anticipate as a player is unfolding.
LeCounte also does very well close to the line of scrimmage. He played in the SEC at Georgia so he will be used to bigger and faster backs coming at him and he has the ability to tackle well. LeCounte will not have trouble adjusting to NFL-sized running backs. And his intelligence should allow him to overcome any lack of speed he might have.