The Dallas Cowboys drafted former Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Trevon Diggs with the 51st overall pick in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft Friday evening.
The Cowboys get a cornerback that can replace Byron Jones, who departed in free agency and signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Diggs played a little receiver before switching to cornerback, and he believes it has helped him become a successful corner.
“It helped me a lot,” said Diggs at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. “I can tell what the receiver’s doing by where he’s lined up. I know the whole route tree. I know how many steps it takes to get into a route. I know what foot they put up when they try to run their routes. There’s little things I know that I can pick up on quicker.”
Dallas has cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie on the roster currently. Adding Diggs gives the NFC East club another top level, talented cornerback to add to the mix for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
Diggs had a rough outing against the LSU Tigers in 2019, but he watched the film to help learn from his mistakes.
“I always watch that film,” Diggs said. “That’s the game I try to feed back on. I take my losses as lessons. Bounce back, take that lesson and come back stronger. I finished the year strong after that game, so you just gotta take those lessons. You’re not going to win every one.”
The Cowboys next pick during day two is at 82 overall in Round 3.