FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday, April 6, 2020, and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, FIle)

Trevon Diggs excited for draft, sibling rivalry

When Trevon Diggs was younger, being ostracized from the video game console was common. However, he quickly learned how to win that battle, even if it meant telling dad.

And now, Diggs, a former member of the Crimson Tide, is ready to win battles against his oldest brother on the biggest stage — the NFL.

Trevon will hear his name called later this week as the virtual draft happens Thursday-Saturday. And then the next time the NFL season comes around, there’s a good chance Trevon will square up against the same guy that hogged the video game controller.

Trevon Diggs was recruited out of the Avalon School in Maryland as an athlete. Nick Saban quickly deemed him a cornerback. And while he had never played corner, it would mean that come his NFL career, he would go head-to-head with wide receiver brother Stefon Diggs.

Brotherly love

Aside from bickering over the video game controller, Trevon and Stefon are there for each other. After all, despite playing on different sides of the ball, they’ve both went through the same things.

Stefon Diggs didn’t go far from home, staying in-state and playing for Maryland in college. He was later a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft for the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier this year, he headed closer to home on a trade to the Buffalo Bills.

But with the NFL season at a halt, Stefon Diggs has been able to lend a hand to his younger brother as he prepares for the biggest day of his life.

Staying sharp

With nation-wide closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most gyms and training facilities aren’t available for Trevon Diggs to use.

As a result, he has found himself working out in a field close to his family’s home in Florida. It isn’t the best, Diggs admits. But he’s doing whatever he can to make it work.

And while a family gym and cone drills are helping the soon-to-be NFL draftee stay sharp, there’s nothing that has eased his excitement or curbed his anxiousness.

The NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday night at 8 p.m. And you can bet that Trevon Diggs and his family will be glued to the TV. And hopefully Trevon Diggs will get some sleep later that night, especially considering sleep has been hard to come by for him leading up to the draft.

About Ainslie Lee

Ainslie is a journalism major at the University of Florida where she specializes in Sports Media. Her main passion is college football as it was a huge part of her childhood. Ainslie serves as a current correspondent for the Ocala Star-Banner, a newspaper for the Ocala, Florida area. She currently covers Marion County high school sports.

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