PROS: Standout in zone coverage. Love his ability to squeeze zones and flip from the field to the boundary. Has an astute understanding of coverage spacing and how to layer zones. Does some impressive things in press coverage and he’s willing to crowd routes early. Has redirect pop in his hands and generally does well to jam at the release. Patient footwork and he rarely gets antsy. Has made some alpha plays on the ball breaking forward on it. More fluid than expected for a corner of his size. Length, size, range and play strength are assets in coverage.
CONS: Disappoints as a tackler and playing through contact, especially for his size. More of a drag down guy that has some reluctant moments on tape. Ball skills with his back to the line of scrimmage can fail him. In those instances, he doesn’t anticipate the balls arrival and he gets out-maneuvered at the catch point. Has some tightness to work through during transitions. Can get a touch over-aggressive in press coverage to create jams at the line of scrimmage and allow separation. Will have some matchup restrictions if used frequently in man/off-man coverage. Not immune to committing an occasional false step, usually getting sucked forward.
BEST TRAIT - Zone Coverage
WORST TRAIT - Tackling
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Aqib Talib
A high school wide receiver, Diggs spent his first season in Tuscaloosa playing both sides of the football in addition to serving as a return specialist. He didn’t exclusively play defense until 2017 during his sophomore season and showcases an impressive feel for coverage duties, especially for a guy who is relatively new to the position. At the next level, Diggs profiles as a C2/C3 corner but he also excels in press coverage. Using him predominantly in off-man coverage would not be ideal, although his time at Alabama has exposed him to a variety of coverage techniques. Diggs profiles as a starting boundary corner at the next level.