The Cowboys’ second-round pick on the 2020 draft, Trevon Diggs, has a very good opportunity to be a starter at the beginning of the season. Because of the experience of someone named later, Diggs slides in at the second spot for now.
Diggs is a great athlete that may fit very well in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan‘s scheme. A more aggressive defense would allow Diggs the opportunity to disrupt passes or to nail the receiver with his big body.
Originally a receiver in high school, he switched to corner and was a starter at the position at Alabama since 2018. This may be a good thing and a bad thing.
He is naturally a receiver, which means he can see through the eyes of the receiver, having an idea of what they will do and being able to get his hands on the ball with a good chance to come down with it. The bad thing is he may need work on double moves and tackling.
What’s good is that being a product from Alabama means he was coached by the great Nick Saban. Although Diggs was a corner under Saban for three seasons, he is still more of a raw prospect but with high potential.
In 2018, Diggs made his presence known, albeit a short season due to a broken foot. In six games he had 20 tackles, one interception, and six passes defended.
This was followed up with another good season where he played 12 games. In those games, he made 37 tackles, defended eight passes, intercepted three passes with one being returned for a touchdown. Diggs also recovered two fumbles with one returned for a touchdown.
Playing as a wide receiver and as a punt returner gave Diggs the confidence and skills to be lethal when returning a fumble or interception. This means the Cowboys will have a big play corner on their roster, something they have lacked in the past couple of seasons.
Transitioning from college to the NFL is not easy to do. Because of Diggs’ recent switch to cornerback, he may need some time to adjust. By the end of the season, he should be listed as the number two corner in Dallas.