Oct 25, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiverStefon Diggs
(14) carries the ball as Detroit Lions strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) chases during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
During each NFL season, there are some exciting picks that come later in the draft. Luckily for Maryland football fans, Stefon Diggs is that player in 2015.
After being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Diggs has been given a great opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings. As the 18th wide receiver selected, multiple players were thought to be better than the former Terrapin wide receiver. Players such as Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Michigan’s Devin Funchess, and Miami (Fla.)’s Phillip Dorsett all heard their names called before Diggs.
Once a part of the Vikings, it was evident that Diggs would be forced to fight for his spot on the team and spot on the depth chart. As he shows glimmers of excitement throughout the season, it comes as no surprise that Diggs has climbed up the depth chart at wide receiver in Minnesota.
As one of the top offensive rookies, particularly at wide receiver, Diggs has shown the nation what Maryland fans have known for the past three years. This guy was going to be a superstar, and he is shining bright at the highest level.
Beside Mike Wallace, Diggs has been an effective route runner and dynamic player in the NFL. Thus far, as one of the top rookie receivers this season, he has 19 receptions for 324 yards, with one touchdown.
As defenses are unsure how to deal with Diggs, he has exploded in recent weeks, putting up over 100 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions in back-to-back weeks. Diggs, a hot commodity in fantasy football circles, has shown no signs of slowing down.
As Torrey Smith did with the Baltimore Ravens years ago in his rookie season, it is now Diggs’ time to shine as the next Maryland stand-out at the NFL level.