The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future and The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects. Here is the Trevon Diggs 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-2, 207 pounds
2019 stats: 37 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 8 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries
Diggs is following in the footsteps of his oldest brother Stefon, who is a star receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. While he plays on the defensive side of the ball, Trevon will likely be drafted much higher than his brother, who was a fifth-round pick in 2015.
He walked into Alabama as a four-star recruit and initially saw time on offense and special teams. As a freshman, he had 11 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. He fully switched to defense as a sophomore and played sparingly in 2017. Diggs cracked the starting lineup as a junior in 2018, but injured his foot and was lost for the season after six games. Before the injury, he had 20 total tackles, one interception, six passes defended and one fumble recovery. Although he could’ve gone pro and been selected early in the 2019 NFL Draft, Diggs decided to return for his senior season. He had 37 total tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. His play helped Alabama to 11 wins including a bowl win over Michigan.
The talented athlete may have only started for a season and a half for Alabama, but he has more than made his case to be an NFL prospect. Diggs will likely be selected in the first or second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
At Alabama, Diggs was able to show off his versatility in plenty of ways. First off, he played both man to man and zone coverage at solid levels. He can be successful at both types of coverage in the pros. This will allow a wide variety of teams to select them and put him into their system. He also played offense and returned kicks and punts, which only helps his value. Diggs is an athlete that can do almost anything asked about him.
Diggs is a bigger cornerback, which bodes well for him. At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, Diggs can cover a lot of a team’s big wide receivers. He has the ability to be physical with them at the line of scrimmage. To go along with his good build, he also has great length. This helps him have better zone coverage, but he also uses his long arms to be disruptive while in man coverage.
As a former receiver, Diggs has great ball skills. He understands routes that his opponents are running and makes plays on the ball. Diggs closes on the ball and swats it or picks it off if he has a chance. Once the ball is in his hands, he is a threat to take the ball to the end zone. He treats any turnover he gets into a return-like situation.
Diggs did well against bigger wide receivers, but he did have some struggles against quicker wide receivers. Ja’Marr Chase got open a lot against Diggs when Alabama played LSU. Other quick receivers also had some success against Diggs. This will limit his ability to move in to guard the slot as well.
Tackling is probably the thing Diggs needs to work on the most. He is physical in coverage, but it doesn’t carry over to tackling. Diggs doesn’t want to hit hard and will often not wrap up to make good form tackles either. If he can commit to being a better tackler, rather than waiting for teammates to come help, he can be a more impactful player.
He isn’t consistent in stopping the run. Diggs looks at times to be disinterested in making plays in the run game. He doesn’t take good angles to the football and has a hard time getting through traffic. If he does get to the ball carrier, his lack of tackling ability shows up. Players can carry him for yards at a time, even if they don’t break his tackle.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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