Injury History: Broken Foot: Ended his Junior Season (2018)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: LSU, South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State
Report By: Cody Manning
Deep Speed: 7.30
His agility allows him to mirror the WR's routes to the best of his ability. He can stop and explode on a dime as his past experience as a receiver shows when that is needed. He can stretch his body out wide to get pass deflections or interceptions. He showed that he is able to go deep with most WRs, but there are some questions around that since we currently don't have a 40-yard time on him. His explosion is average as his instincts slow him down. He understands how to use his body to his full advantage and rarely gets knocked off balance.
COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.62
Man Press: 8.30
Man Off: 8.00
Hand Fighting: 7.30
Hips/Turn Ability: 7.50
He has the ability to get up in his man's face, jam him, flip his hips within the route, and can go stride for stride with most WR's. He is solid in off-man coverage but has times where his mistimes things because his instincts are off due to the lack of experience at the position. I don't see him thriving in zone coverage dependent schemes as he lacks the instinct to thrive. He puts up an effort to get his hands on the ball to prevent the reception from happening. I think he has very good fluidity that he can depend on at the next level and can improve upon as he gains more snaps at cornerback.
Closing Quickness: 7.50
Ball Skills: 7.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.00
He does a great job of using his short-range burst to get in front of balls. His ball skills are solid, but he just needs to convert more pass deflections into interceptions. His route recognition is good when in press, but he is slow to react in off-man or zone, struggle more in zone.
RUN SUPPORT: 7.43
Quickness Upfield: 7.50
Fight Through Blocks: 7.50
He has the ability to close in on runs very quick, it is more about him timing when he wants to get up the field. He puts up an effort to get through the blocks and will attempt to bend around them. Solid tackler, but can take poor angles or doesn't fill the lane quick enough.
In 34 career games, he amassed 68 tackles (43 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 17 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, & 2 fumble recoveries. He keeps up his effort throughout the game and is willing to give his all to cover the WR1 from the opponent.
His instincts lack as he doesn't have that much experience at the position. He can be hesitant due to reading the play and the ability to react to what is going on in front of him. He is a great communicator and he shows his football IQ on the field.
He has the ability to play off or on his man. He will attach to the hip of the receiver and run stride for stride with them. He does a great job of watching the receiver's eyes so he knows when to look back for the ball. He has good length which allows him to get in the passing lanes to get a deflection. He is used across the board, he can play on either side and line up in the slot. He is a solid tackler. He will breakdown to wrap up the ball carrier to bring them down to the ground. He is an effective communicator and helps others in the secondary so the unit is having everyone covered on passes. He can be used on corner blitzes and understands to get to the quarterback or at least disrupt his passing lane.
He doesn't jam that often to disrupt the route when he is in press coverage. He can get sold on comeback routes easily which allows an easy throw for the quarterback to make. Receivers can get an easy inside release on him when he opens his hips too wide and he doesn't make a proper adjustment to the route. He isn't the fastest corner so if he doesn't take the right angle he will struggle to catch quick ball carriers. He also can take bad angles when coming up in run support which makes it easier on the runner to find a hole to run through. He could be more of a playmaker if he can convert more interceptions.
Diggs is a solid cornerback who has a skill set that will allow him to compete at the next level. He has the size and length to matchup with bigger receivers, plus he has enough speed to run attached to the majority of the receiver’s hips. He will need to prove that he can be at least the same player he was before his season-ending injury last year, but as long as he is, then he has the ability to be a CB2 on an NFL team. He also needs to show some development and be more of a playmaker. I would like to see him get his hands on balls more often. If he can do that plus work on some small areas of his game then he could be in contention to go in the first round. While his athleticism isn't eye-popping, he showed that he can matchup with athletes like D.K. Metcalf and can lineup across the opposing team's best receiver. It does help that he will be prepared to come into the NFL because of Nick Saban's coaching and could be a cog in a cornerback group that knows what it takes to get the job done. He can come in to be a team's CB2 as a rookie or at least a depth piece that can provide valuable snaps. By Year 3, I think he can develop into a Pro Bowler if he is selected into the right system. If the right coaching can tap into his potential and reach the ceiling he has as a player than he could end up being a steal in this draft.