Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Cowboys nail #51 with Trevon Diggs pick

After losing Byron Jones in free agency to the Dolphins, the Cowboys wasted little time on day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft selecting Trevon Diggs as his replacement. The Alabama cornerback was a first-round talent that unexpectedly, but thankfully slipped to the waiting Cowboys.

Diggs is an ideal NFL corner with a great physical skillset of athleticism, size, and strength. He loves to crowd receivers early in the play in press coverage and has great pop in his hands to jam receivers at the release.

Trevon Diggs is a day one starter

At 6’2″ and 207 pounds, Diggs is a big corner with great length for contesting catches and for taking away passing lanes. At times he uses his length very cleverly to bait quarterbacks into throwing the ball before he takes away the window.

He does have some issues in the quality and consistency of his tackling and can struggle to shed blocks at times. His consistency of effort needs to improve in these areas, and that’s a skill he should learn at the next level without much difficulty.

Trevon Diggs has all the skills to be elite at the NFL level © Laura Chramer
Trevon Diggs has all the skills to be elite at the NFL level © Laura Chramer

He played a lot of zone at Alabama and has a great nack for jumping or undercutting routes. Brilliant in the short zone at taking away lanes and has great use of his eyes to keep track of the quarterback. At times in press, he can take a little too long to get his head around and lacks top-end recovery speed.

The younger brother of Bills wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon has a lot of the athleticism of his brother. Having also played receiver at Alabama in 2016 and also contributed in the return game. When you consider he has only been a full-time DB since 2017 shows how quick this kid can learn.

Trevon Diggs has a great work ethic and his ceiling is very high given the pace of his learning and the skills he has developed in a short time. Still somewhat raw, Diggs has the potential to be a long-time NFL starter.

His time as a receiver has clearly developed his ability to read and react the quarterback, although until he adds some discipline to his game this may lead to him being baited by some of the more wily veterans.

Having added CeeDee Lamb in the first round, adding a quality corner with high upside like Trevon Diggs in the second is a huge win. Some questions were asked about the need for a receiver in the first, but the addition of Trevon Diggs in the second made those questions moot.

After the selection Mike McCarthy had this to say about Diggs : “I think he’s going to be a great fit for how we want to play on defense. You look at his skill set, not only with this length and his smooth hips and his ability to cover, but the way he attacks the football. He has excellent hands, and when that ball goes up at the breaking point of a route, he has as good a chance as the receiver to get the ball.”

Trevon Diggs finished his Alabama career with 4 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, and 68 tackles in 43 games.

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