28 Nov 2020

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BD Williams takes a look at Alabama CB Trevon Diggs, what the NFL prospect is best at, and how he can improve.

Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

6’1 3/8, 205lbs, 32 3/4 arm length, 78 3/8 wingspan

No combine or pro-day workout*

Overall

Trevon Diggs is a cornerback prospect with excellent size and clean projection into most NFL defenses. Coming into Alabama originally as a WR, Diggs transitioned to defense after his freshman season while continuing to return punts and kick-offs as a sophomore. His receiver background is evident in his playing style showcasing the ability to track and find the ball in the air. The limited experience at CB is apparent in his inconsistent technique but with continual development, Diggs has a high ceiling as an NFL cornerback.

Ball skills

One of Diggs’ best traits is his ability to make a play on the ball in the air, particularly deep passes. He can excel in a Cover 3 scheme due to his ability to play with his back to the receiver, vision the QB, and run underneath passes. His receiver background shows up when he needs to high point the ball and haul in interceptions.

Press man

Due to his length (longest arms of any CB invited to the combine) Diggs will likely be coveted by teams who ask their corners to play a heavy dose of press techniques. Diggs has solid mirror and match abilities although he isn’t yet refined in this area. When he gets his hands on a receiver however, he can move them off their route and disrupt the timing of passes.

Technique

Diggs’ relatively recent conversion to playing the cornerback position is evident when watching him play. His stance and his technique are still a work in progress. There are times when he flashes the skills necessary to win in the NFL from a variety of coverages (off, press, even nickel) however there are enough lapses on film that may drop him on some teams boards due to not being a finished product.

Projection

There are some who have called Digg’s overall athleticism into question. I would disagree with this notion and point out that when he gets into trouble on film it is usually a technique error. At his best Diggs can mirror laterally and open his hips with the best of the cornerbacks in this class, while admittedly he isn’t as consistent in those areas. His size and balls skills however are something that cannot be taught. Coming from Alabama as a multi-year starter his ability to absorb an NFL volume playbook shouldn’t be questioned. He also has added value as a return man on special teams. He will likely be a late first round pick if he can convince enough teams that his work ethic will get him past some technical hiccups. Once he becomes more polished he has the potential to be among the best CBs coming out of this class.

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