The Dallas Cowboys have selected cornerback Trevon Diggs from Alabama with the 51st overall pick, pick #19 in the second round of the 2020 draft.
Dallas needed help in the secondary after they lost Byron Jones in free agency. They get their man in the second round. Diggs is a good value pick at #51 and fits a need for the Cowboys.
Talented prospect with rare combination of size, strength and ball skills. As a former receiver, Diggs has an instinctive feel for his opponent’s plans and uses his size and athleticism to disrupt the blueprint when possible. The foot agility and short-area burst are good for his size and helped keep completion totals low. He’s inconsistent staying in phase with downfield routes and long speed is his kryptonite, causing grabbing and holding when panic sets in. He’s a future starting press-man corner with the hands and ball tracking to take it away and should benefit from more help over the top as a pro. Future consideration at free safety is possible considering his size and skill set.
Trevon Diggs fits the profile of a Cover 3/press man cornerback at the next level. Diggs’ length makes him an ideal player to play press at the line of scrimmage and put him in positions to physically challenge receivers to stack the edge in run support. Diggs’ lack of consistency in run support is frustrating and he can be hit or miss locating the football; so the perfect system is one that requires him to play bail technique and operate primarily in a deep third as a perimeter CB.
Cowboys 2020 draft picks:
Round 1, pick 17 (No. 17 overall) - WR CeeDee Lamb
Round 2, pick 19 (No. 51 overall) - CB Trevon Diggs
Round 3, pick 18 (No. 82 overall)
Round 4, pick 17 (No. 123 overall)
Round 5, pick 18 (No. 164 overall)
Round 5, pick 33 (No. 179 overall)
Round 7, pick 17 (No. 231 overall)
CB - With the loss of Byron Jones in free agency, and with Chobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis needing new contracts in 2021, the team needs to add some young talent.
EDGE - Robert Quinn took his 11.5 sacks to Chicago leaving a hole on the right side. The Cowboys hope to get Randy Gregory back, and hope that new signee Aldon Smith will also be re-instated, but they can’t count on either/both returning and being ready to play.
Wide receiver - Randall Cobb proved to be a more-than-worthy replacement to Cole Beasley in the slot, but now he’s left for the Texans . The Cowboys have a top-tier 1-2 punch in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup , but the cupboard is a little bare after that.
Safety - The signing of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped alleviate this problem, but it was only a one-year deal. Xavier Woods is also scheduled for a new deal in 2021. The Cowboys need to add some young talent.
Others: linebacker, tight end, center