The New Orleans Saints are poised to make another deep playoff run but there is a glaring weakness in their secondary. In light of that, Trevon Diggs and the Saints could be an ideal fit in the 2020 NFL Draft.
By having a 10-2 record, New Orleans is currently projected to have the 30th overall pick in next year’s draft. Therefore, there’s a chance that the Saints won’t even have an opportunity to select Diggs.
But if he falls to the end of the first round, New Orleans should consider the cornerback from Alabama. Diggs actually began his collegiate career as a wide receiver when he was a freshman.
Then, he ended up transitioning to cornerback as a sophomore and excelled at the position. This year, Diggs is having the best season of his time at Alabama with three interceptions, 36 tackles, seven deflections, and two defensive touchdowns.
Altogether, the talented defensive back has accumulated 67 tackles, four interceptions, 16 deflections, and two touchdowns. With those numbers, Diggs will undoubtedly garner some interest from teams in the first round.
For the Saints, they could use a cornerback to pair with Marshon Lattimore. Since Lattimore was drafted by the Saints in 2017, he’s been one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL.
In his first three seasons, Lattimore has contributed 158 tackles, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. Currently, New Orleans has had Eli Apple and P.J. Williams as starting cornerbacks with Lattimore.
While they’ve done a formidable job, there are times when New Orleans has lapses in coverage outside of Lattimore. Bringing in Diggs and developing him in Dennis Allen’s defense would provide the Saints with an improvement in their secondary.
With the trio of Lattimore, Williams, and Apple, the Saints have the 15th ranked pass defense in the NFL. Despite their ranking, there’s no doubt that the weakness of New Orleans’ defense is the aerial defense.
Through the first 12 weeks, the Saints have surrendered 234.9 passing yards per game. Come playoff time, New Orleans is going to have to be able to contain some of the lethal passing teams in the NFL.
Considering that, pairing Diggs with Lattimore could give New Orleans a talented cornerback duo for the foreseeable future. Especially since Apple will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season concludes.
While the Saints could use some help at wide receiver, this draft class is extremely deep at wide receiver. With that in mind, the Saints would be wise to consider taking a defensive back with their first-round pick.