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2016 NFL DRAFT

Stefon Diggs, WR

School: Maryland  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 195 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
122193-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.462.581.53- 359'7"4.327.03
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---11 --4.11-

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete with easy acceleration and strong strides to be a home run threat whenever he touches the ball. Sharp breaks and explodes out of his cuts, mixing his gears well in his movements. Doing his best work on crossers to use his speed, hitting the crease.

Creative ballcarrier and looks downfield quickly to make something happen with the ball. Loose athlete with strong cuts to be dangerous in the open field. Keeps his feet well through contact, fighting for every blade of grass. Athletic adjustment ability and ballskills to attack with his hands and not break stride.

Improved field awareness, showing better spatial understanding of know where the sticks are. Special teams impact as a return man with a 25.8 kick return average in college (57/1,472/2). Consistent production the past three seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks an ideal body type with a skinny trunk and limbs and limited muscle definition. Tends to round off routes and needs to show a more diverse stem release. Not overly fluid with inconsistent vision and feel when setting up his moves as a ballcarrier. Indecisive at times and gets himself in trouble when he hesitates, searching for daylight. Undeveloped understanding of how to manipulate defenders in coverage. Adequate hands, but only average-sized catching radius.

Often disinterested as a blocker, lacking polish and technique in this area. Immature tendencies with bad on-field body language at times, allowing himself to be easily frustrated - suspended one game (Nov. 2014) after making contact with an official during a pre-game skirmish. Durability concerns after battling several injuries the past two seasons, including a broken right leg (Oct. 2013) that sidelined him for the final six games of 2013 and a lacerated kidney (Nov. 2014) that ended his junior regular season.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

After a promising freshman season, Diggs struggled to live up to the hype as inconsistencies and injuries stunted his development at Maryland.

He is thin-framed and lean-muscled, but moves well with strong strides and cuts to be dangerous in the open field and as a return man. Although a passionate competitor, Diggs relies on his natural gifts and doesn't focus on the details or his technique - hasn't yet shown that he knows what it means to be a professional. He has clear talent and ability, but lacks a clear-cut NFL role on offense and will have to make an impact on special teams to justify his roster spot, similar to Ted Ginn Jr.

A five-star recruit out of high school, Diggs had offers from just about every program in the country, but decided to stay close to home, choosing Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn and Florida. He made an instant impact as a true freshman in 2012, ranking second in the ACC with 172.4 all-purpose yards per game with 54 catches for 848 yards and eight total scores.

Diggs recorded 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns in the first seven games of 2013 before his season was ended due to a broken leg, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. He led the Terrapins as a junior in 2014 with a personal-best 62 catches for 792 yards and five touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors. Diggs decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 5/146 - Stefon Diggs, WR, 6-0, 195, Maryland...Not exactly the receiver many were hoping for when the draft began, but the Vikings finally started to fill the need with this versatile receiver/returner. He can line up in multiple spots, catch bubble screens and also will push punt returner Marcus Sherels for his roster spot. - The Sports Xchange
 

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