Stefon Diggs was active for the first time on Sunday when Minnesota faced Denver and he caught six passes for 87 yards, leading his team in receiving despite the Vikings’ 23-20 loss.
That caused veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace to reiterate comments he made during training camp that he sees a young Antonio Brown in Diggs, with Brown being arguably one of the best wide receivers in football.
During a larger interview on Tuesday, CSN asked ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio about the former Maryland wide receiver. After singing his praises, Florio said the following:
“Could be a fifth-round steal for the Vikings to balance out that first-round pick they used on Cordarrelle Patterson back in 2013.”
Patterson was taken with the No. 29 overall pick that year. He did not break the 500-yard receiving mark in either of his two full NFL seasons. So far in 2015, he has two catches for 10 yards.
There’s no denying that Patterson has been an asset in the return game, but rarely is it seen as a good value to take a pure return man with a first-round pick.
Diggs has now shown flashes of being able to do both, which makes him a potentially valuable player being that Minnesota spent only a fifth-round pick to get him.
The question in the preseason was if he was NFL-ready as a receiver after being quiet on the offensive side of the ball, but Sunday’s performance against Denver has quickly changed the opinion of some skeptics.
Wallace praised him for his grasp of the entire Minnesota route tree, while on one play Diggs left All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib in the dust with a fake on an out-route.
Will Diggs start getting more reps than Patterson? If things continue to trend in this direction, don’t be surprised.