Trevon Diggs’ success has been extremely well-chronicled after his breakout year in 2021 for the Dallas Cowboys. He is very clearly out to prove that he’s not just a one-hit wonder and has come back as an even more complete corner so far this season. His performance in 2022, which is nothing but continued excellence, has thrust himself into some historical conversations of success.
Through six games this season, Diggs has 17 tackles, three interceptions (which is third in the NFL), and 11 pass breakups (second in the entire league). The Cowboys defense has been a force to be reckoned with this season and his ability to eliminate top wide receivers or take away half of the field is a huge part of that.
Diggs not only takes away receivers, but he also makes quarterbacks pay when they do choose to attack him. Through only 35 games in his career, Diggs has taken the ball away a whopping 17 times via interception. That isn’t just good, it is the single best interception output over the last 40 years for a player at this point in their career.
Against the Lions, Diggs picked off quarterback Jared Goff in the third quarter that started the avalanche of turnovers caused by the defense. His interception turned the tide in this game and turned the momentum towards the Cowboys. The offense marched down the field led by the running game of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to take a lead that they would never relinquish.
The Lions had no success against Diggs on Sunday. He made life nearly impossible for Goff and the Lions’ receivers. His coverage was about as good as it gets in terms of locking down the opponent. It was chronicled by Pro Football Focus and is glaring evidence of just how special his performances have been.
With the unfortunate injury to fellow cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who will be out for the rest of the season, Diggs becomes even more important on the back end. Teams are going to look to attack the secondary opposite of Diggs, whether that be Anthony Brown, DaRon Bland, Kelvin Joseph, or Nashon Wright.
Should Diggs be able to continue to hold down his side of the field and lock up opponents’ wide receivers, Dan Quinn and his defense can provide safety help on the other side to mitigate any sort of fall off in production. All of that said, it may not matter as teams begin to stay away from testing Diggs altogether regardless of the matchup due to his ability to make them pay.
Many criticized Diggs last year, and even this year, for his blown coverage yardage and for being a boom-or-bust type of player. This season, the Cowboys corner is reeling in the picks and looks like a much more complete cornerback. Whether people want to admit it or not, the Alabama product is a top player in this league.