Buffalo Bills: What Stefon Diggs can teach us about uncovering NFL draft value

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Buffalo Bills, Stefon Diggs
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Stefon Diggs’ college struggles

Diggs dominated at Maryland as a true freshman as both a wide receiver and return man. He finished the year with 54 receptions for 848 yards and 6 touchdowns and finished as runner-up to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year.

He missed one game in his freshman season with an ankle injury, which unfortunately was a sign of things to come for him at Maryland. After a promising start to his sophomore season, he missed the final six games after fracturing his fibula in a game against Wake Forest. That injury would require surgery and end his season.

His junior season was also marred by missed time. After missing one game due to suspension for making contact with an official during a pregame fight that broke out before Maryland’s game against Penn State, Diggs once again suffered a season ending injury when he lacerated a kidney on a play in their game against Penn State.

Between injuries and suspensions, Diggs struggled with consistency and in college never played up to the potential that he had shown in high school, or to his billing as a five-star recruit.

When he declared for the draft in 2015 the move was controversial because of his injuries and struggles. Ultimately, he ended up falling to the sixth round before the Minnesota Vikings took him with the 145th pick.