Trevon Diggs is beginning his Dallas Cowboys career in impressive fashion.
Dallas named Diggs, a second-round pick from Alabama and younger brother of Bills wideout Stefon Diggs, a starting cornerback for Week 1.
Here’s what Dallas Cowboys fans and football fans alike need to know about the younger Diggs.
Trevon Diggs was terrific at Alabama
Originally a wide receiver who turned 11 passes into 88 yards and a touchdown as a freshman in 2016, Trevon Diggs moved to defensive back a year later.
That turned out to be the right move for both Diggs and the Crimson Tide. Although Diggs’ final stats at Alabama — 68 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, 17 pass breakups, and two touchdowns scored — don’t exactly pop off the page, the tape showed an extremely talented defender with a bright future ahead of him.
Diggs earned first-team All-SEC honors last year. He was also named a third-team All-American.
Dallas drafted Diggs in April
Trevon Diggs’ impressive senior season skyrocketed him up draft boards.
During the pre-draft process, NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein compared Diggs to five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib. Zierlein praised Diggs’ instincts and vision, although the cornerback’s on-field discipline concerned the analyst.
“The foot agility and short-area burst are good for his size and helped keep completion totals low. He’s inconsistent staying in phase with downfield routes and long speed is his kryptonite, causing grabbing and holding when panic sets in. He’s a future starting press-man corner with the hands and ball tracking to take it away and should benefit from more help over the top as a pro.”
Dallas drafted Digg with the 51st overall pick. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy surely would be thrilled if Diggs turned out like Talib, a two-time All-Pro cornerback.
His big brother is Bills star Stefon Diggs
Trevon Diggs isn’t the only member of his family on an NFL roster. His older brother, Stefon, is a star receiver for the Buffalo Bills.
A fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2015, Diggs caught 365 passes, 4,623 yards, and 30 touchdowns in five seasons with the Vikings. Diggs also had 22 postseason catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
One of those touchdowns, a 61-yard catch-and-run from Case Keenum in the 2018 NFC divisional round, is known as the Minneapolis Miracle. The touchdown ended a Vikings win over the Saints with no time left.
Minnesota traded Diggs to Buffalo earlier this year.
Trevon Diggs earned a starting nod
Less than a year ago, Trevon Diggs was putting the finishing touches on a strong senior season at Alabama.
Now, Diggs will suit up for the Dallas Cowboys in a big role. Dallas named Digs a starting cornerback on the unofficial depth chart.
Given the rave reviews Diggs received in training camp, fans should expect him to play a big role this year. With how long Cowboys fans have waited to return to the Super Bowl, they’ll need all the help Diggs can provide.