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Vikings' Wideout Stefon Diggs Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook

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WR Stefon Diggs Scouting Report -
Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook - Frank Coyle

Stefon Diggs was selected in the 5th Round of the NFL Draft 2015 by the Minnesota Vikings – One of the Best Values in the entire draft class
Frank Coyle ranked him the highest rated offensive sleeper in last year’s class and a prospect with well developed talent to be an early contributor in three wideout sets.

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Stefon Diggs - Maryland - 6-0, 195 - Sp. 4.45 - Rating 82 / Hindu Theory: Andre Caldwell
Agile athletic junior wideout has been a playmaker in the Terps offense since starting during his true freshman season. Earned ACC and Big Ten honors each season. He is a well-developed quick receiver with soft hands and body control to become a solid NFL performer. Possesses deceptive speed to get deep and the quickness to get open and separate in coverage. Good run after the catch ability with elusiveness to take the short hitch pass the distance. Though he lacks elite speed to be considered a consistent deep threat, he has learned to set up defenders, relying on his sharp cutting ability and reads to create separation. He runs good routes and comes out of his cuts quickly, showing the ability to retain his speed very well and adjust to coverage. He can round his cuts on routes and needs further discipline in his patterns. Dangerous on hitch and screen patterns where his quickness and elusiveness gives him an advantage over defenders. Fine ball skills with the body control and hands to make the difficult catch over the middle or at the sidelines. Despite average size, he has a wiry strong frame, but must prove durable vs NFL caliber corners weekly. Must improve his overall strength, though shows the ability to beat the jam and battle for ball. As a runner, he has some tackle breaking ability along with good elusiveness and speed to break plays that helped him double as a sure handed punt returner. Fluid receiver with natural AA and the body control to adjust to the errant pass and catch outside the box. Over the middle, he shows toughness with the ability to go up and make plays. As a route runner, he retains his speed well at the break point to make sharp cuts. Shows good footwork at the sidelines to make the tough catch to move the chains.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 792 yards for a 12.8 average and 5 TDs while starting 10 games. He served a 1 game sportsmanlike suspension. He earned Big Ten honorable mention. As a sophomore, he started 7 games and had 34 catches for 587 yards with 3 TDs with a season ending broken fibula at midseason.
Over his three year career, he totaled 150 receptions for 2227 yards a 14.8 yard average 14 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 195 lbs. and did not lift. He ran 4.46 time with a fast 1.53 ten yard split. He had a 35” VL and 9’9” BJ with a 4.32 short shuttle and 7.03 three cone.
The Skinny: Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Andre Caldwell in body type, AA and development. Though he is not a legitimate deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can surprise with the upside potential to start. Never lived up to the hype of a highly acclaimed recruit entering Maryland due to the lacked of a quality consistent passer. Great middle round value and a marginal top 100 prospect on my board, though could easily go later. Solid addition with the tools to start eventually in the right situation. One of the most underrated values in this entire class. Playmaker and excellent steal on early 3rd day.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.