Don’t let the “scheme-dependent” or “scheme-limited” labels steer you away from the talent that is former Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs.
In his breakout 2019 campaign, Diggs allowed just 22 receptions on 52 targets for 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions across his 417 coverage snaps. Among all FBS cornerbacks with at least 250 coverage snaps a year ago, Diggs ranked eighth in PFF coverage grade (90.1) and ninth in passer rating allowed when targeted (44.5).
His play in single coverage, specifically, was among the best in college football — even when including his injury-plagued 2018 campaign.
Among 2020 draft-eligible cornerbacks with at least 50 targets in single coverage over the past two seasons, Diggs ranked second in PFF coverage grade. He allowed just 20 receptions on 62 targets (32.3%) for 273 yards, 10 first downs and four touchdowns in single coverage in 2018 and 2019 combined. He also recorded three interceptions, 18 forced incompletions and just a 48.7 passer rating allowed when targeted in single coverage.
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Why Diggs still isn’t viewed as a consensus first-rounder is because his success at the next level — despite his elite production at Alabama — is still largely scheme dependent.