The glimpse was ever-so-brief, but Vikings rookie receiver Stefon Diggs has some semblance of what to expect if he's matched up against cornerback Xavier Rhodes next week when Minnesota begins its first week of organized team activity practices.
Tim Yotter of Viking Update caught up with Diggs earlier this month at the rookie minicamp and asked the rookie about the toughest cornerbacks he faced during his collegiate career at Maryland. Diggs told Yotter that Rhodes (a 2013 first-round pick by the Vikings) and Lamarcus Joyner (formerly of Florida State who is now with the Rams) topped the list.
They saw each other once when Diggs was at Maryland and Rhodes was still at Florida State, but they only went head-to-head for two plays, Diggs said.
"I only saw him twice because I played a lot of inside. When I saw him outside, he's a bigger corner. You've got to be able to move and be physical on the outside," Diggs said. "That's it. I watched him on tape a lot as well, so I know what I was getting myself into."
Diggs told Yotter he's expecting physicality from Rhodes and other NFL corners and is working on combining a physicality element with his short-area quickness to create separation. The fifth-round pick and other rookies are scheduled to hit the field with veterans Tuesday for the first day of three straight practices.
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