Here's why Broncos Should Absolutely Target Vikings' WR Stefon Diggs

Erick Trickel

When a team is putting together a wide receiver corps, it has to fill it with complementary pieces. This is something that I have been touting for a while now, as the Denver Broncos are looking to build their offensive arsenal for the young quarterback Drew Lock.

One name that has been popular among Broncos fans as a potential target is Minnesota Vikings' WR Stefon Diggs. Diggs is a very good receiver in the NFL, and it has been made rather public that he wants out of Minnesota. This has led to the perception of him being a diva, but there are issues in Minnesota affecting him, and he wants out.

It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Broncos at least call about Diggs, if they haven’t already. GM John Elway knows he needs to build the receiving corps with complementary pieces, and Diggs is just that in comparison to what they already have. 

Diggs Checks Boxes Sutton Doesn't

Diggs is very similar in style to another receiver that Denver had last season, but he is no longer on the roster — Emmanuel Sanders.

The Broncos' No. 1 wideout is Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton, who is undoubtedly a jump-ball type of receiver. That's the forte he brings to the Broncos' offense. 

Sutton has good hands and a physical nature. How Sutton wins revolves around that physicality. His routes are a work in progress, though he showed tremendous development from year one to two.

The size Sutton has, combined with his physicality, is prototypical of the X receiver in the NFL. He has the skill-set to match the demands of the X. The downside, is Sutton's quickness through routes is lackluster and doesn’t lead to separation from defensive players, but the physical play through his routes does.

On the flip-side, Diggs' skill-set doesn't come close to matching what Sutton brings.

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How Diggs Wins

Well, much like Sanders, he wins with the quickness through his routes as well as the top-notch route running. He isn’t a physical player and can get bullied by more physical defensive backs, but if he can get free of them, he most often wins the rep. 

Diggs' speed isn’t top level for the NFL, but it is more than good enough to use go routes, posts, and corner routes to attack the secondary deep. Diggs is the prototypical Z receiver, but he can also line up in the slot and win there. 

His route running and quickness make him a much closer comparison to Sanders than Sutton. There is plenty of statistical evidence to back this up, but in this case, the tape is king. 

Simply watching a few Diggs' games reveales that he and Sutton have very different styles as receivers in terms of how they win. Neither is a true burner, but speed isn’t the only key to attacking deep. Not being the fastest doesn’t automatically render a wideout as an X possession receiver.

Bottom Line

The Broncos need to add speed to the offense, but it isn’t everything. Having a receiver that can win with his quickness can open up a lot for the offense. 

If Denver can add Diggs via trade for a solid cost, it would be an outstanding move. Diggs and Sutton could be the new Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for the Broncos, especially if they can add a burner element to work from the slot. 

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Comments (10)
smilinassassin
smilinassassin

Still 26 years old. Has a history with Shurmer. Are the reasons he wants out allowed to be shared or is it private?

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Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

There are issues with Kirk Cousins and some of these issues were part of the problems in Washington with him. With him wanting the ball, his frustration is Cousins wouldn't look his way when he would tell Cousins he is seeing this and was going to do something to get open (and he would) and Cousins tries to force it elsewhere or dump it off. There are also issues with the scheme and what it asked of him, especially earlier on. That and quite a few other issues.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

Interesting. Well I hope it is strictly a Cousins ( and Minny) thing and not something he would burden a young QB with. Wasn’t Thielen mad at Kirk too or am I remembering those comments wrong?

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

There were issues between Theilen and Cousins as well as Rudolph and Cousins.

broncobuckeyenomad
broncobuckeyenomad

@[Erick Trickel] What would be the max you'd trade for Diggs?

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broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Diggs plus Sutton plus Shenault or Reagor in the draft. Wow.

Ringneck1
Ringneck1

Denver is not at the correct stage in their timeline to burn multiple draft picks on luxury item like Diggs, not at the cost of a new high dollar contract which he will want. This is also the year of great WR depth in the draft, so pick up a wr or two and actually develop them along with Lock and Sutton.

Brainco
Brainco

Diggs = Sanders = locker room cancer.
No thanks.


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