Will Stefon Diggs go in first round of 2015 NFL Draft?

Will Stefon Diggs go in first round of 2015 NFL Draft?
May 12, 2014, 11:45 am
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For all of those trying to sleep off the draft fatigue brought on by the yearly spectacle the NFL rolls out in the spring, we apologize. But the 2014 draft sets up for the 2014 college football season, which then inevitably sets up for the 2015 draft.

Thus is the reason it becomes such a burden for commissioner Roger Goodell to shove all of those $100 bills back into his pockets as he walks to the podium to announce each pick.

And now, just days after the dust officially settled in 2014, projections are beginning for the 2015 draft.

Among them is AthlonSports.com, which says Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Stefon Diggs is currently the 32nd best prospect in the field if he decides to leave school after next season, placing him squarely at the end of the first round.

"Few players in this class can match the explosiveness that Diggs brings to the table," Braden Gall writes. "He was an All-ACC performer as just a freshman and was on pace for another great season a year ago before a broken leg slowed him down. Should he stay healthy, he could work his way into the top 15 of next year’s first round with ease."

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Top 15? It's not as far-fetched as it might seem on its surface. One selection in the 2014 draft could help Diggs' cause.

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks was taken No. 20 overall by the New Orleans Saints this past weekend, far above where he was projected before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. But lighting the field on fire with a 4.33 in the 40 at that event has a way of changing the way scouts perceive you.

Now Cooks is headed to play eight games a year in a dome with Drew Brees as his quarterback. Not bad.

And the success that Cooks finds in New Orleans could end up having an impact on Diggs. Both receivers work well in space, which is becoming more valuable as teams continue to find alternatives to prototypically large receivers.

Diggs has shown how dangerous he can be in the open field during his two seasons at Maryland and with essentially the same core of offensive players returning in 2014, there's no reason to think the game plan for him will change as the program moves to the Big Ten.

The question will be his durability as he returns from the injury he suffered last year, but all indications are that he is on track to compete at full strength for training camp.

Could Diggs end up being a mover in 2015 like Cooks was in 2014? A strong, healthy junior season and a standout 40 time could very well do the trick.