Looking forward to the 2020 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have the 24th pick in the first round. Let’s analyze the best selection they could make in this spot.
We all know that besides the wide receiver position, of course outside of Michael Thomas, the secondary was the weakest part of the New Orleans Saints team.
With that in mind, the Saints could be in a prime position in the draft to sign a counterpart to Marshon Lattimore and replace Eli Apple.
The Saints need to let Apple walk, regardless if they find his replacement in the free-agent pool or if they draft a cornerback, one thing is for certain and Apple needs to go. The free agency pool could end up costing the Saints more than they want to spend.
However, there could be an out.
The senior cornerback from the University of Alabama, Trevon Diggs, will most likely be available with the Saints’ first-round pick this year. After all, most of the Saints’ talent now came, not from free agency, but from the draft.
In his four years as a part of the Crimson Tide, Diggs racked up 68 total tackles, four interceptions (three coming in his senior year) one for a touchdown, 17 pass defends, and two forced fumbles. Among all of that, Saban has high praise for his four-year cornerback.
Trevon Diggs is 6-foot-2 making his wingspan long. Diggs utilizes that to his advantage forcing quarterbacks to throw into tighter spaces or try to throw over him. That forces them into mistakes and Diggs capitalizes on those mistakes.
According to the scouting report, Diggs’s only weakness is his ability to flip his hips making the possibility of the wide receiver getting the separation needed highly likely, especially on breaking route toward in the middle of the field.
However, that can be easily coached into him by the Saints’ incredible defense coaching staff.
Diggs could bring the necessary skill level that is needed opposite Lattimore. You also have guys like Marshon and Vonn Bell who can take a young future-superstar like Diggs and mold him into a veteran leader, years down the road.