University of Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The junior wide out’s decision comes as no surprise to many close to the program as Diggs was the face of the team for the past three seasons. Diggs, a Maryland native, was one of the first, top high schoolers to select the Terrapins under head coach Randy Edsall, and proved to local talent, they can succeed in a Maryland uniform. He announced his college selection live from a local pub in College Park, not far from where he grew up.
“After talking with my family during the past few days, I have decided to enter the NFL draft,” Diggs told the Baltimore Sun. “We really thought about everything and weighed the pros and cons of staying at Maryland versus entering the draft, and we decided that this is the best decision for me.
Over his collegiate career, Diggs has proven to NFL scouts he has excellent hands and breakaway speed to go along with exceptional kick returning skills, but injuries have prevented him from becoming a top prospect. Most NFL draft analysts project Diggs to be a mid-round selection, however, a strong NFL combine could elevate his stock into one of the first three rounds.
Diggs is an electrifying playmaker with a high-motor, the kind with ball skills and instincts you can’t teach. But his injury history precedes him, and that’s why recent mocks don’t value Diggs as highly as the early predictions did when he first set foot on Maryland campus. This was a kid with an all-American ceiling, but the Maryland teams he played on were not very successful so he never garnered as much spotlight as a player with his skills otherwise would have.
Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Diggs caught 62 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns, earning second team all-Big Ten honors. By declaring for the draft, Diggs aims to avoid any further injuries and increase the chance he hears his name called early on in the draft.
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