Detroit Lions sixth-round draft pick Quandre Diggs surprised his coaches and his teammates with how well he played in the spring.
But Diggs had expected to excel all along, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“It’s what I expected of myself, to go out and compete and make plays,” Diggs said last week while taking part in a Play 60 clinic at the NFL rookie symposium. “I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with it because in my eyes I can do a lot better, I can be a lot better. I’m my hardest critic and I know I’ll continue to get better and I’m just going to go out and prove the player I am.”
Diggs, a four-year starter at Texas, has the opportunity to secure a starting spot in Detroit’s nickel package.
The 5-feet, 9-inch Diggs likely would have gone higher in the draft if not for concerns over his size.
“He’s not going to have the measurable that we like,” Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. “He doesn’t have the length, he doesn’t have the height, but what he does have is a good understanding of football. He makes quick reactions, he has good eyes, good hands, good feet. That’s what you need as a defensive back.”
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