5 young Dallas Cowboys who should shine in 2021

Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys
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1. Trevon Diggs, CB

There’s was not a single rookie whose skill-set was on display more in 2020 than cornerback Trevon Diggs. For better and for worse. The Cowboys’ second-round selection out of Alabama was forced into a starting role early because of injuries suffered in the secondary.

Diggs started the first nine games of the season and it was certainly a trial by fire. For every pass the rookie successfully defended, he also gave up a big play or touchdown.

In the end, Diggs would record 48 tackles, 10 pass deflections, two interceptions, one sack, and a forced fumble before landing on Injured Reserved in early November.

While his rookie season was a rollercoaster ride, Diggs was arguably the team’s top defender at times in 2020. And he actually still leads the team in picks despite not having played since Week Nine.

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Coming out of college, rookie cornerbacks typically struggle in their first season in the NFL. And that was certainly the case for Trevon Diggs in 2020. But the potential the 22-year old flashed in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys also makes him a candidate to have a breakout performance next year.