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Hailing from Angleton, Quandre Diggs was the No. 1 cornerback in the nation in the Class of 2011 and the younger brother of former top 5 NFL pick and Longhorn great Quentin Jammer. Diggs arrived on campus and started 49 of the 52 games he played in during his college career, twice earning second-team All-Big 12 honors. He left Austin ninth all-time in interceptions with 11 and tied for ninth all-time with 37 pass breakups in program history. Diggs helped bridge the gap between coach Mack Brown and coach Charlie Strong.
Pro career: After being selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, it’s fair to say Diggs’ pro career started with low-to-modest expectations to everyone except himself and the Detroit Lions. So far Diggs has been one of the biggest Texas draft success stories since Rod Wright (seventh round pick in 2006) and Bo Scaife (sixth round pick in 2005). Diggs stunned many Lions fans with a strong rookie season in 2015, and his second season ended on the injured reserve list after a pectoral injury. Last year though he intercepted three passes, deflected nine and recorded 55 tackles and a sack. He was moved to strong safety in early December and picked off three passes following the move. A recent review of the 2015 Lions Draft by the Detroit News had him as an A- grade.
Why he’s here: There’s only one Longhorn defensive back in the NFL currently better than Diggs, and that guy is a future Hall of Famer and the best safety of his generation. Diggs’ humble beginnings to his pro career and his active social media presence— the Longhorns are rarely far from his mind– makes Diggs one of the best Longhorn representatives right now and if his pro career continues to excel, he’ll be one for the future.
— Nino (@qdiggs6) April 28, 2018
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