Thanks to all of you who submitted questions for this week's Minnesota Vikings mailbag. You can submit questions at any point during the week on Twitter, using the hashtag #VikingsMail. I'm taking some time off at the end of this week, so we're going to keep this week's editions of the mailbag on the shorter side. We'll tackle one question in each edition this weekend.
— Jamison Michael (@JSaint_12) June 11, 2015
@GoesslingESPN: Good morning, everyone. Hope your Saturday is off to a good start. Technically, we'll take two questions, since they're about the same player: fifth-round pick Stefon Diggs. The Maryland product has gotten some attention as a possible steal, and there's a chance he could be -- according to ESPN Stats and Information, Diggs led the Big Ten with 528 receiving yards last season, and got 66 percent of his total yards that way. He's dangerous on screen passes, and especially showed an ability to alter games as a freshman, when he posted 848 receiving yards and another 713 on kick returns, including two touchdowns.
Can he be as dynamic as DeSean Jackson? I'm not sure I'd go that far yet. Diggs' quickness might be as good or better than Jackson's; his 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash and short shuttle time was faster than Jackson's at each player's combine. But I don't think Diggs has the long speed of Jackson, who ran a 4.35-second 40 and remains one of the game's most dangerous big-play threats, even though he no longer returns punts.
The two have some of the same measurables, but there's a reason so many coaches and GMs don't like to play the comparison game: It assumes the productivity level of a player like Jackson -- who has averaged 17.7 yards per catch in his career -- is easily attainable. If Diggs winds up meriting a comparison to Jackson over time, he'll certainly have qualified as a steal.
We'll wrap it up there for the day and tackle another question tomorrow. Enjoy your Saturday.