Top 20 impact players for the Lions in 2018 – #10

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In this series I’ll be going over who I think will be the top 20 impact players for the Lions in 2018, next up is Quandre Diggs.

 


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Will he play corner or safety in the Matt Patricia scheme? My thought is potentially both. Yet with how well he played when he was transitioned to safety toward the end of the Lions campaign last year that is where he will stay. Especially if more three safety sets start coming out. At safety, Diggs had a knack for finding the ball, getting his first career interception the game he transitioned. He followed this up with an interception in both of the next two games as well.

His ability to make plays will go down well in a Matt Patricia-style defense that relies on players, for want of a less cliché phrase, doing their job. Being a safety in the defense style that Detroit will adopt is a huge responsibility as they are the anchor for the team. Anything over the top will be theirs to cover and being in the right place at the right time is the main trait Matt Patricia will look for. As stated above, that is something Diggs happens to have.

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Deep balls might be a weakness in his game due to his height. I’m sure Patricia will find a way to get over that weakness as utilizing strengths is what he does. Having someone next to you as solid and with as much experience as Glover Quin will make Diggs progression in the role accelerate. If the final games of last season are anything to go off however, he could be in for a very good and exciting year.

List so far:

Rick Wagner – #20

Jamal Agnew – #19

Kerry Hyder – #18

Da’Shawn Hand – #17

Taylor Decker – #16

Frank Ragnow – #15

Matt Prater – #14

LeGarrette Blount – #13

Teez Tabor – #12

Devon Kennard – #11

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Alex Watt
Alex is a Detroit Lions fan from the UK, his love for the Lions came about from the fact he loves an underdog story and he believes the Lions embody that pretty well! He has a particular love for the defensive side of the ball and he favourite player is Darius "Big Play" Slay, although he has a soft spot for Glover Quin. When he isn't writing for the DetroitLionsPodcast he enjoys gym and sports, playing American Football himself.