With the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 4 already over, fans in the 215 should keep an eye on Howie Roseman’s dream cornerback: Trevon Diggs out of Alabama.
In case you haven’t heard, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the midst of a pretty brutal cornerback crisis.
Sure, the team re-signed preseason participant Orlando Scandrick, but is that really going to tip the scales in 2019; let alone the future?
Gosh, sometimes you want to just take a step back and imagine adding a legitimate star cornerback to the team moving forward – and no, for once, this isn’t about Jalen Ramsey.
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While the 2020 NFL Draft is still seven-ish months away, we are firmly in the clutches of college football, and of all the cornerbacks playing on Saturday, none is a better fit for what Cory Undlin, Jim Schwartz, and the Eagles as a whole like to do more than Alabama senior Trevon Diggs.
I mean seriously, between his 6-foot-2, 207 pound frame, his effortless deep speed, and the impeccable ball skills of a converted wide receiver, Diggs is like a Frankenstein’s monster built from all the cornerbacks Howie Roseman has drafted since 2016 – only unlike that motley crew of number twos, Diggs projects to be a true number one starter at the NFL-level.
Predominantly tasked with playing left outside cornerback in Nick Saban‘s professional defensive back factory (aka team), Diggs has been on an absolute tear through the SEC in this is final campaign in Tuscaloosa; logging 12 tackles, two picks, and a pair of forced fumbles in four games of action for the undefeated Crimson Tide.
Diggs also just so happens to be the brother of Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs, a player the Eagles brass has surely kicked themselves for failing to draft out of Maryland in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Fortunately for Trevon, he might have the opposite problem.
Currently ranked the best cornerback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft by Walter Sports and the second-best cornerback prospect on Mel Kiper‘s (way-too-early) big board, it seems almost impossible to imagine Diggs being available when the Eagles pick in the first round come spring – baring, of course, a monster breakdown that leaves the team on the outside looking in come January.
While his exact draft status will have a lot to do with his health, combine numbers, and the continued developments of college football’s other top corners, Diggs is the type of player worth trading up for if he drops into the late teens, much like how Roseman jumped three spots to ensure Andre Dillard‘s rights in 2019 with the Houston Texans nipping at his heels.
But let’s not worry about that now. No, with the Philadelphia Eagles off fr the rest of the weekend, lets all collectively sit back, watch some casual football, and imagine just how great Trevon Diggs would look in midnight green – if only to distract ourselves from the team’s current cornerback conundrum.