ALLEN PARK — Quandre Diggs, a cornerback from Texas, was drafted in the sixth round on Saturday by the Detroit Lions. He was the third defensive player taken in the first six picks.
“I couldn’t have went to a better organization with the people. I love the coaches and it’s a great opportunity for me,’’ said Diggs who was a four-year starter at Texas.
Even though he’s just 5-9, Lions cornerbacks coach Tony Oden said Diggs will be trained to play inside and outside.
Diggs’ brother is Quentin Jammer, a cornerback for a dozen years in the NFL mostly with the San Diego Chargers. The brothers are so close that Diggs said they talk every day. Jammer was the first one to give him a hug when Diggs found out the Lions drafted him.
“I feel I’m the most intellectual DB in this draft because of how I know the game,’’ Diggs said on a conference call. Said he grew up with the game, watching his brother.
The Lions drafted another cornerback — Alex Carter — in the third round. It’s expected Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis will start outside. Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson spent most of last season injured, but Oden said they’re hard workers and he expects them back although he is not sure if they’ll be ready for training camp.