Nate Wiggins running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Photo Credit: NFL Network

Clemson Tigers cornerback Nate Wiggins dazzled on Friday at the NFL Combine, running the fastest 40-yard dash of any player at his position. But unfortunately, this was also the end of his day, as he suffered a concerning injury that ruined a bit of the positive buzz around his performance.

In the eyes of most NFL draft experts, Wiggins came into the combine as an expected first-round pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

He may have just secured that first-round status with an extremely impressive unofficial time in the 40-yard dash on Friday, running a 4.29 second time. This is just outside the top 10 of the best time run at the combine by any player in NFL history in this drill.

The official time clocked in even better after a further analysis. According to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Wiggins’ official time came in at 4.28 seconds.

Unfortunately, after running Wiggins shared with NFL Network’s Stacey Dales that he “felt a pop” in his groin.

After having it looked at further by the combine medical staff, it was determined that the injury was actually a hip flexor. It did end his day at the combine, but he told Dales that he should be ready to go at his Pro Day.

It obviously wasn’t ideal for Wiggins to suffer this hip flexor injury during his 40-yard dash. However, many around the NFL world seem to believe that he greatly improved his draft stock by running so well.

A great 40-yard dash time is obviously not the most important thing that goes into evaluating a player. However, when you compare a great time with great skills on the field, you have a potential top-10 pick on your hands.

Wiggins was an extremely impressive player at Clemson over his three-year career with the program, with his best year coming in 2023 with two interceptions and six pass deflections.

As long as Wiggins’ hip flexor injury isn’t a serious one, we could see him get drafted very early in the 2024 NFL Draft come April.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.