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NFL Draft Profile: Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

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NFL Draft Profile: Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

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.

2014 stats:

62 receptions, 792 yards, five touchdowns, 79.2 yards per game

Projection:

5th round

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.

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel. The NFL wants to get a 16-game season in and would be willing to move the Super Bowl to March if necessary. But should any league even think about making plans that far in advance?

JJ writes that the Bears biggest need is interior offensive line. Do they have to take a lineman early in the draft?

Plus the guys discuss the stories about the ‘98 Bulls that they most want to hear as discuss the athletes and celebrities that they most and least want to spend time with in quarantine.

0:35 - Report: Super Bowl could be in March If start of season is delayed

4:30 - Do the Bears have to draft an offensive lineman in the 2nd round?

11:10 - NCAA gives spring sports athletes another year of eligibility

15:50 - ESPN moving up release date for “The Last Dance” about ‘98 Bulls

20:29 - Who do you most and least want to quarantine with?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

The Bears struck quickly after the new league year kicked off on March 18 when they traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. The deal was agreed to during the legal tampering period but didn't become official until Tuesday when it was finally announced by the NFL.

Part of the delay in all of this offseason's transactions getting finalized is the social distancing required to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Team facilities are closed. As a result, free-agent deals and trades are taking longer to process.

But the wait for Foles becoming a Bear is finally over, and he shared the moment he put pen to paper on Twitter.

Foles, 31, is expected to compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job in 2020 with most in football media expecting him to ultimately win the duel. He brings a resume of playoff success to Chicago, including a miraculous Super Bowl run (and victory) during the 2017 season.

Foles' stint in Jacksonville lasted just one season after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in 2019. Foles started four games (all losses) and finished the year with 736 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup by Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm as a mustache-wearing sixth-round pick from Washington State.

He'll get a fresh start in Chicago and if he has any sort of success in 2020, he'll be a Bear for a long time. 

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