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Is Trevon Diggs being disrespected despite having an unreal 11 interceptions this season? CoverCorner47 thinks so and says it's time to truly appreciate Diggs' accomplishments. FrontOffice33 | DallasCowboys

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs recorded 11 interceptions this year. That’s the most by any p...

Photo: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY SportsDallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs recorded 11 interceptions this year. That’s the most by any player in the NFL in 40 years, and I don’t think his season is earning the respect that it deserves due to a couple of factors. Quite simply, I don’t think people understand how challenging it is to get 11 picks in a single season. 

As a former cornerback myself, I understand how hard it is especially when you have the right technique. You see, when you're in man coverage, the correct technique is to key and mirror the man and when he gets to the top of his route, you close separation to the nearest hip. If you're playing the correct technique, you're not supposed to “look” at the quarterback until you are in the hip pocket of the receiver. Oftentimes, the ball is already in flight at that point, so by the time you get your eyes up, the ball is already on top of you. This makes the ball harder to catch because there's an old adage about playing the cornerback position that says “If you see the ball thrown, you will see it caught.” 

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CoverCorner47 This is like an absent father who shows up on Birthdays and Christmas... CoverCorner47 He’s bad CoverCorner47 Great playmaker/not a great cover corner. We can appreciate him for what he is but still criticize his weaknesses CoverCorner47 has he not also given up the most yards and also the most penalised cb in the league?

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The Draft Network Photo: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs recorded 11 interceptions this year.Photo: Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Written By: Kyle Crabbs Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network.Photo: Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Written By: Kyle Crabbs Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network.The Draft Network Photo: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports A first-team All-ACC performer, like Coby Bryant opposite Sauce Gardner at Cincinnati, Mario Goodrich was the Robin to Andrew Booth Jr.

That’s the most by any player in the NFL in 40 years, and I don’t think his season is earning the respect that it deserves due to a couple of factors. Quite simply, I don’t think people understand how challenging it is to get 11 picks in a single season. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020.  As a former cornerback myself, I understand how hard it is especially when you have the right technique. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort. You see, when you're in man coverage, the correct technique is to key and mirror the man and when he gets to the top of his route, you close separation to the nearest hip. Filed In:. If you're playing the correct technique, you're not supposed to “look” at the quarterback until you are in the hip pocket of the receiver. One of the class’ biggest risers at the position, Goodrich is exactly the type of corner you desire to isolate the side of the formation.

Oftentimes, the ball is already in flight at that point, so by the time you get your eyes up, the ball is already on top of you. This makes the ball harder to catch because there's an old adage about playing the cornerback position that says “If you see the ball thrown, you will see it caught.”  However, if you're playing zone—which Dallas plays a lot of—you get the opportunity to play with vision more and react to the ball. You don’t have to be as disciplined with your eyes playing in zone, which in turn allows you to key the quarterback and the flight of the ball.  There have certainly been a good number of times this season where it seems as if Diggs is trailing the receiver who is en route to a big play. While his tape is impressive enough as a primary zone corner with quick-twitch ability to close space and remain physical at the catch point, where Goodrich has flashed exquisitely on tape this fall is in his ability to work downhill, through blocks, consistently wrapping up ball-carriers with ease.

However, I would caution you to be careful with this. Just because you see a cornerback trailing a receiver who’s carrying the football, doesn’t mean that he's been beat. There are some coverages that call for a “trail” technique. It is in these situations where the corner doesn’t have to be “deeper than the deepest'' in their particular zone. They have now become reliant on help from the safety position. Written By: Ryan Fowler Staff Writer Feature Writer for The Draft Network.

  Understanding the coverage the team is in gives you clarity on what a corner’s responsibilities are. Some of these advanced analytics can also be misleading. Analysts chart coverage snaps, targets, receptions allowed, and yards allowed, all of which are subjective and don’t factor in responsibility or context. Even charting “completion rate allowed” is irrelevant because Dallas plays predominantly zone coverage. In zone, you're taught to give up the underneath stuff and come up and make the tackle.

In fact, the purpose of zone coverage is to not get beat deep. As a result, you give up the shorter throws intentionally.   Nonetheless, you cannot discredit Diggs’ value to that team. He helps their offense because he gives them extra possessions. The statistic that is most indicative of wins and losses is still turnovers.

His presence gives Dallas the turnover advantage more often than not. His 11 interceptions (21 passes defensed) in 2021 are more than 12 teams in the NFL.  Sure, giving up yardage isn't ideal. However, a defense that bends without breaking is indicative of a good unit. As a result, Dallas gives up only 20 points per game, good for seventh-best in the NFL.

So while the advanced analytics may suggest otherwise, it is obvious that Diggs has helped that defense and team overall far more than he has hurt them. Give the man his respect. Written By: Drae Harris Senior NFL Draft Analyst Drae Harris is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst and seven-year scouting veteran in the NFL. He's a former player for the Cal Golden Bears and San Francisco 49ers. Filed In: .