As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Stefon Diggs (WR), Maryland
6’0” | 195 lbs.
62 receptions, 792 yards, five touchdowns, 79.2 yards per game
What scouts are saying:
"Balanced athlete with easy acceleration and strong strides to be a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball. Sharp breaks and explodes out of his cuts, mixing his gears well in his movements. Doing his best work on crossers to use his speed, hitting the crease. Creative ballcarrier and looks downfield quickly to make something happen with the ball. Loose athlete with strong cuts to be dangerous in the open field. Keeps his feet well through contact, fighting for every blade of grass. Athletic adjustment ability and ball skills to attack with his hands and not break stride. Improved field awareness, showing better spatial understanding of know where the sticks are. Special-teams impact as a return man with a 25.8 kick return average in college (57/1,472/2). Consistent production the past three seasons." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
"Lacks an ideal body type with a skinny trunk and limbs and limited muscle definition. Tends to round off routes and needs to show a more diverse stem release. Not overly fluid with inconsistent vision and feel when setting up his moves as a ballcarrier. Indecisive at times and gets himself in trouble when he hesitates, searching for daylight. Undeveloped understanding of how to manipulate defenders in coverage. Adequate hands, but only average-sized catching radius. Often disinterested as a blocker, lacking polish and technique in this area. Immature tendencies with bad on-field body language at times, allowing himself to be easily frustrated and suspended one game (Nov. 2014) after making contact with an official during a pre-game skirmish. Durability concerns after battling several injuries the past two seasons, including a broken right leg (Oct. 2013) that sidelined him for the final six games of 2013 and a lacerated kidney (Nov. 2014) that ended his junior regular season." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
"Doesn't possess the strength or long speed to make a living as an outside receiver, but he can be an extremely effective weapon from the slot as a pro, turning short third-down throws into first downs. Diggs can make things happen when he has the ball in his hands and could become a consistent, productive weapon for the right offensive coordinator." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Fit for the Bears:
Wide receiver figures to be an area of focus for the Bears in the draft after trading Brandon Marshall away to the Jets earlier this offseason. Jay Cutler still has targets to throw to, such as Pro Bowlers Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett, as well as the newly acquired Eddie Royal. But many think the Bears will target more receiving in the draft, perhaps even with the No. 7 overall pick. Diggs certainly wouldn't be an option in the first round, but if the Bears instead go the route of defense with their top pick, choosing to focus on wide receiver in the later rounds, perhaps Diggs could be an option. Most view him as a slot receiver, the same spot where Royal is expected to line up, but there's no doubting he was one of the best receivers in the Big Ten last season.