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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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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Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday.
Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft.
Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick.
Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig.
Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game.
The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season.
Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons.
Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for:
April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline
May 14-19 - NBA Combine
May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline
June 20 - NBA Draft
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