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Maryland DB Praises Stefon Diggs' Route Running

Posted Feb 27, 2016

University of Maryland defensive back Sean Davis knows Stefon Diggs’ game very well.

Davis, who played both safety and cornerback at Maryland, lined up against Diggs in the slot as well as split out wide.

The duo enjoyed competing against each other and still keep in touch as Davis goes through the draft process. 

“Stefon, he’s a trouper. He always tries to be the best,” Davis told Vikings.com at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “When you work hard together, you see those certain guys on the team that want it. Stefon and I worked together on our own over his last summer [at Maryland], putting in extra work. I’m not surprised at all that Stef’s doing his thing right now. He’s a crazy athlete, crazy dude.”

A key to Diggs’ early success, according to Davis, is his vast array of moves.

“What I learned [from Stefon] is that you can add your own little things to routes, you don’t have to have a standard route. Stef doesn’t run standard, straight out of the playbook routes. He does stems or his juke moves in the middle of routes, some things that just throw you off balance.”

He added: “I’ve seen him get [Denver Broncos cornerback] Aqib Talib with one of his little head nods. He’s got so many tools you really can’t teach.”

Watching Diggs’ playing style helped Davis develop his own game, but the benefits went both ways.

“What Stef takes from me is going against bigger guys who can move with him as well,” Davis said. “I feel like Stef went against safeties, for the most part, when he was in the slot. When he goes against guys like me who can stick with him, I feel like that made him work a little harder at the top of his routes.”

Davis said he hopes he gets drafted by a team that will take advantage of his unique skill set. After playing corner and safety for the Terrapins, he says teams are looking at him for both positions in the NFL.

No matter the position, Davis would welcome a reunion with his former practice opponent if he got drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

“Stefon and I haven’t talked about that, because you never know,” Davis said. “I definitely called him up before I left for the combine. He told me to do my thing, not worry, not stress and it’ll all work out.”

“He puts his own little flairs on routes, making DBs looking crazy. He didn’t do that to me his last couple years because I learned his tricks.”

“What I learned is that you can add your own little things to routes, you don’t have to have a standard rout. Stef doesn’t run standard, straight out of the playbook routes. He does stems or his juke moves in the middle of routes, some things that just throw you off balance. When I was with Stef, I had to stay true to my technique and my foundation. Wide receivers will do anything to get you out of leverage. What Stef takes from me is going against bigger dudes who can move with him as well. I feel like Stef goes against safeties, for the most part, when he was in the slot. When he goes against guys like me who can stick with him, I feel like that made him work a little harder at the top of his routes.”

“He’s got good hips, good feet. I don’t really go for his head move. I’ve seen him get Aqib Talib with one of his little head nods. He’s got so many tools you really can’t teach. There are some things he adds of his own.”

“We haven’t talked about that, because you never know. I definitely called him up before I left for the combine. He told me to do my thing, not worry, not stress and it’ll all work out.”