2015 NFL Draft: Vikings Select WR Stefon Diggs In Fifth Round


The Vikings concentrated on defense with the first three picks in the draft, but now they’ve gone three straight on the offensive side of the ball.

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After using their fourth on an OT (T.J. Clemmings) and their first 5th on a TE (MyCole Pruitt), the Vikings have used a fifth round pick to select Maryland WR Stefon Diggs.

The Diggs pick should not be much of a shock given that the Vikings visited with him at Maryland pro day and clearly had an interest.

The 6-0, 195-pound Diggs may have been somewhat of a disappointment in college given how highly recruited he was coming out of high school, but there’s still a lot to like about the receiver.

No, Diggs does not have big time speed or strength, but he does have fantastic skills with the ball in his hands. Diggs looks like a slot receiver at the next level, and the Vikings do have a need for a weapon at that position.

Diggs’ skill set will remind some of Cordarrelle Patterson, though Diggs is not as big or as fast. Diggs’ advantage over Patterson is that he’s a more polished route-runner and has better hands.

At the very least, Diggs gives the Vikings another option as a slot weapon/return man if Patterson can’t get it together.

There will be a lot of speculation in the coming days about what Diggs’ presence will mean for players like Patterson, Jarius Wright and Adam Thielen. Only one of those guys can lock down a major role as the #3 receiver behind Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace.

And in some ways, despite his being a rookie, Diggs has advantages over those other players.

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