5 best Vikings rookies during the Mike Zimmer era

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater /
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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs /

2. Stefon Diggs – WR

Rookie Stats (2015):

  • 52 catches, 720 yards
  • 4 touchdowns

It’s still a bit hard to believe that Diggs only managed to start in nine games during his first season with the Vikings. His numbers could have been even better if Minnesota realized quicker that he was a better option to have on the field than the underwhelming Mike Wallace.

Diggs’ first regular season game in a Vikings uniform came during the team’s Week 4 matchup against the Denver Broncos. Minnesota lost the contest, but their rookie receiver played well enough to earn himself a spot in the starting lineup for the team’s next seven games.

After four games, Diggs had already caught 25 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings were quickly realizing that they had landed a stud in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Diggs’ production slowed down a bit during the rest of his rookie season as he finished with over 60 receiving yards just once during Minnesota’s final nine matchups.

Still, the young Vikings pass catcher had a number of moments during his first year with the team that displayed his potential to one day become a No. 1 receiver.

Diggs was a player that not many knew about when Minnesota drafted him. But there is definitely a valid argument that the receiver is the best selection the Vikings have made in the draft since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach.