The Dallas Cowboys began turning things around in 2021 on the defensive side of the ball. Dan Quinn’s schemes helped put players in better positions to succeed and play to their strengths and the numbers were reflective of that. After having one of the worst defensive seasons in franchise history in 2020, the Cowboys are getting things back on track.
A big reason for the turnaround was the emergence of Trevon Diggs. After a somewhat rocky rookie season, when he was thrust into a major role right out of the gates, Diggs found his footing in Year 2.
He led the NFL with 11 interceptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He earned a spot on the All-Pro First Team and Pro Bowl team as he was one of the best playmakers in the NFL during the 2021 season.
Turning into one of the better cornerbacks in the league was certainly helpful for a Cowboys defense that struggled to slow anyone down. His performance also landed him on the Top 100 NFL players heading into 2022.
Diggs came in at No. 23 after not being ranked in 2021. That is a huge jump, but one that he certainly earned with his performance. His peers acknowledge how good of a player he is as well.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf spoke highly of Diggs when talking about his spot on the rankings, saying, “I don’t know why quarterbacks still try to throw at him. He’s one of the best corners in the league hands down.”
That is some high praise from Metcalf. Diggs is a converted wide receiver and likely learned a thing or two from watching his brother Stefon Diggs. It makes him a natural when tracking and catching the ball, something we have seen other defensive players struggle with.
While he is susceptible to surrendering a big play, as Diggs did allow over 1,000 passing yards last season, he makes up for it with his playmaking abilities. More often than not, Diggs makes up for any big play that he surrenders.