Selected second-team All-Big Ten in 2014. Started 10 games, but missed three with a lacerated kidney that he played through in the immediate aftermath of suffering the injury. Suspended for first of the three games he missed after making contact with an official prior to Penn State game when a tussle ensued after Maryland's team captains wouldn't shake the hands of Penn State's captains. Missed six games in 2013 with a broken right fibula. Selected second-team All-ACC return specialist in 2012 and finished second to Duke's Jamison Crowder for ACC Rookie of the Year. As a freshman, tallied 1,896 all-purpose yards, which were second most in a single season in school history. Highly celebrated, consensus five-star recruit from Good Counsel High School (Md.) and U.S. Army All-American. Diggs was coached in 2014 by former NFL wide receiver Keenan McCardell.
Fluid, flexible athlete. Five-star recruit who stayed home to help build local program. Instinctive route runner. Does an outstanding job of sinking his hips and exploding out of breaks to create immediate separation. Natural ball-plucker. Excellent body control to adjust to throws, whether they're low, high or behind him. Can make contested catches. Dynamic and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Sudden once he's in space, using head fakes and impressive lateral change of direction to make multiple defenders miss. Instant acceleration is his differentiator from the slot. Played through a lacerated kidney he sustained against Penn State and finished the game. Can be immediate kick returner in the league.
Most of his production came from slot or as outside receiver in space. Must prove he can win as route runner against quality cornerbacks. Play strength is below par. Gets muscled around by physical defenders. Very aware of oncoming traffic and will stop routes to avoid big hits. Gives moderate effort as a blocker, but rarely ends up getting his man blocked. Had season-ending injuries two years in a row (broken leg and lacerated kidney). Suspended one game for his actions in pregame dustup vs. Penn State.
Round 3 or 4
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"I've preached to him to always practice like a pro and that is something he has worked on. I can tell you this -- get the ball in his hands and he's a different kind of football player." -- Keenan McCardell, Maryland WRs coach and former NFL receiver.
Doesn't possess the strength or long speed to make a living as an outside receiver, but he can be an extremely effective weapon from the slot as a pro, turning short third-down throws into first downs. Diggs can make things happen when he has the ball in his hands and could become a consistent, productive weapon for the right offensive coordinator.
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