The Minnesota Vikings need cornerback help, and drafting Alabama Crimson Tide standout Trevon Diggs with their first-round pick would make a lot of sense.
The Vikings’ secondary has a lot of question marks heading into free agency, and there is a good chance cornerback could be priority number one. Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes are both set to be free agents and with the Vikings’ cap situation, it’s hard to imagine they would be back.
Xavier Rhodes is still under contract, but he really can’t be trusted and it wouldn’t be all that shocking if the team tried to move on from him too.
The Vikings could have a few options in the draft at cornerback, but Diggs would be the perfect choice.
Diggs’ best skillset is in zone coverage and his game should transition well to the NFL. He also is strong in press coverage, and in a couple of years could be the true number one for the Vikings. Rhodes’ best asset used to be in press coverage, and Diggs could quickly make Vikings fans forget about their former star.
Thedraftnetwork.com gave the following review of Diggs play:
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.
One of the big knocks in Diggs’ game is with his tackling, but that is something that can be worked on and improved. The Vikings have a lot of other good tacklers, so if Diggs is a good coverage man first, that is most important.
As good as Trevon Diggs is on the field, the most important reason for drafting him might actually have to do with his brother Stefon Diggs.
Who knows how Stefon Diggs actually feels about the Vikings right now, but maybe playing with his brother would be enough to keep him happy. The Vikings need Stefon Diggs for their offensive success, and maybe the Diggs brothers could be enough to get the Vikings that Super Bowl victory.