Grading the Dallas Cowboys top rookies of the 2020 season

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Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys
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Trevon Diggs, Cornerback

The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2019 season tied with the fewest interceptions in the NFL with seven. The Cowboy’s struggles to force turnovers certainly influenced their decision to select Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 23-year old was considered a steal by many fans and analysts. The young cornerback was thrown into the fire by Dallas and was forced to face one of the most talented receiving corps in the NFL in his debut against the Los Angeles Rams.

Diggs struggled at times against stiff competition during his first couple of games for the team. The Dallas secondary had an unusually difficult start to the season and was forced to face some of the most effective passing teams in the league.

After that shaky start to his season, Diggs started to settle in for the Cowboys. The young defender was able to nab an impressive two interceptions against the teams’ rival Philadelphia Eagles in week eight. Unfortunately in the teams’ next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the second-round pick injured his foot, an injury that kept him sidelined until week 15.

The young cornerback finished his season strong in the last three weeks of the season and even managed to get another interception against the Eagles in their week 16 matchup. Diggs finished his rookie campaign leading the Cowboys in both interceptions with three and pass deflections with 14.

The Dallas Cowboys defense struggled immensely this season. However, the emergence of Trevon Diggs allowed fans of America’s Team to dream of a better future. Despite his inconsistent start to the year and an inconvenient injury that sidelined him for a significant period of time Diggs showed real promise in his rookie campaign and could be a staple of the defense moving forward.

Grade: B