Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs emerging as one of NFL’s top young cornerbacks

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When a player gets drafted in the second round, there are immediate expectations of quality play on the field. Trevon Diggs, despite missing four games with a broken foot and having early struggles against quality wide receivers, showed why some had him as a Day 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. He finished with a team-high three interceptions and 14 passes defended which made him the first rookie in franchise history to lead in both categories.

Diggs would change from No. 27 to No. 7, the same number at Alabama where he received first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American honors in 2019. Early in the 2021 season, he’s showing similar form.

In the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Diggs had the task of guarding Mike Evans, one of the best wide receivers in the league. It didn’t phase him one bit though as he completely shut down the three-time Pro Bowler. According to Next Gen Stats, Diggs shadowed Evans on 83% of his routes and allowed just one reception for 10 yards on three targets. Evans had two touchdowns in Week 2. Diggs had also secured his first interception of the season after a pass from Tom Brady went off of the hands of Leonard Fournette.

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