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Florio: '5th-round steal' Diggs could make up for Vikings error

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Florio: '5th-round steal' Diggs could make up for Vikings error

Stefon Diggs was active for the first time on Sunday when Minnesota faced Denver and he caught six passes for 87 yards, leading his team in receiving despite the Vikings’ 23-20 loss.

That caused veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace to reiterate comments he made during training camp that he sees a young Antonio Brown in Diggs, with Brown being arguably one of the best wide receivers in football.

During a larger interview on Tuesday, CSN asked ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio about the former Maryland wide receiver. After singing his praises, Florio said the following:

“Could be a fifth-round steal for the Vikings to balance out that first-round pick they used on Cordarrelle Patterson back in 2013.”

Patterson was taken with the No. 29 overall pick that year. He did not break the 500-yard receiving mark in either of his two full NFL seasons. So far in 2015, he has two catches for 10 yards.

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There’s no denying that Patterson has been an asset in the return game, but rarely is it seen as a good value to take a pure return man with a first-round pick.

Diggs has now shown flashes of being able to do both, which makes him a potentially valuable player being that Minnesota spent only a fifth-round pick to get him.

The question in the preseason was if he was NFL-ready as a receiver after being quiet on the offensive side of the ball, but Sunday’s performance against Denver has quickly changed the opinion of some skeptics.

Wallace praised him for his grasp of the entire Minnesota route tree, while on one play Diggs left All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib in the dust with a fake on an out-route.

Will Diggs start getting more reps than Patterson? If things continue to trend in this direction, don’t be surprised.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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