The Detroit Lions selected Texas Longhorns cornerback Quandre Diggs in the sixth round with the No. 200 pick overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The fact that Diggs had to wait until late on the NFL Draft's third day to come off the board wasn't a major shock -- most draft analysts projected him to go in Round 6 or 7 because of his height and lack of elite speed. Just how much do NFL scouts value those qualities? Fellow Texas defensive back Mykkele Thompson going to the New York Giants in the fifth round is certainly a prime example, as he wasn't nearly as productive as Diggs in college.
Known as Quandre the Giant because his heart is much bigger than his physical stature, Diggs is carrying around a little something extra -- a significantly-sized chip on his shoulder that serves as fuel to prove all those doubters wrong who once again believe that he can't succeed at the next level.
"I think (my motivation) shows in the interviews, and I'm going to prove a lot of people wrong," Diggs said in March. "That's been my mentality my entire life. I'm not going to get any taller than 5-foot-9, so I'm just going to go ball."
Following some struggles adjusting to the nickel back position in 2013 that were exacerbated by some nagging injuries, Diggs rebounded with an excellent senior season by setting a career high with 73 tackles, along with five pass break ups, and three interceptions. He also showed his willingness to do whatever it takes for the team by finishing tied for fourth on the team with four special teams tackles and added five tackles for loss and two sacks to his season numbers. As a result, he earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition from the conference's coaches.
For his career, Diggs started 49 of his 52 career games and finished inside the top 10 in school history in interceptions (11) and pass break ups (37), earning All-Big 12 honors three times in the process (2011, 2013, and 2014).
Forget about the size issues -- Diggs played big against the best wide receiver he faced in 2014, he can tackle, he can play on special teams, and his fluidity and quickness in pads are more impressive than his testing times. After growing up around football, he understands the game on a deep level and he's mentally and physically tough.
For some rare players, doesn't doesn't matter that much. Diggs is one of those players. Those limitations with size and speed? Just more fuel for the fire that burns in Diggs.
With the selection by the Lions, Diggs became the fourth Longhorns player drafted in 2015 and the sixth defensive back from Texas selected in the last five drafts.