The most glamorous individual award in the NFL is none other than the Most Valuable Player. Winning an MVP can elevate a player’s status in a huge way.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is among the favorites to take home MVP honors. That makes sense, as the Cowboys are playing very well and the award is QB-driven. Not to mention that Prescott has taken his game to another level this season.

However, ESPN’s roundtable of early-season MVP voting brought up one very interesting name. A player on the Dallas Cowboys not on the offensive side of the ball.


Dallas Cowboys, Trevon Diggs
Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys strong safety Damontae Kazee (18), cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) and safety Jayron Kearse (27) celebrate in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Trevon Diggs is off to a remarkable start to the 2021 season. Diggs has totaled six interception in five games — the most interceptions in that stretch of games since the NFL merger.

In fact, quarterbacks would have a better pass rating spiking the ball than throwing at Trevon Diggs.

Because of this start, Trevon Diggs has emerged as a serious candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year honors. Diggs currently has the second-best odds to win the award going into week six. Long way to go this season, but the point remains.

This level of play — at least the number of interceptions — is simply unsustainable. With that said, Diggs can still make an impact by following the opponent’s top receiver and forcing quarterbacks to think twice about throwing in his direction. That is pretty valuable.

Speaking of valuable, ESPN seems to think that Trevon Diggs is an under-the-radar pick for MVP. That is how good the Dallas Cowboys cornerback has been playing up to this point this season.

ESPN Sports Analytics Writer Seth Walder makes his case why Diggs deserves some serious recognition in the early-season MVP conversation. Walder points to Diggs’ impact on expected points added for the Cowboys defense and compares it to that of a quarterback.

Walder finishes his point by saying “Diggs is a top-10 lock.” That is a pretty bold statement by Walder; however, the play on the field and the data backs that argument up.

It is extremely unlikely for Trevon Diggs — or any defensive player — to win MVP. That said, Diggs has certainly played like an elite player for the Dallas Cowboys through five games this season.

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