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On Redskins' interest in Maryland's Sean Davis -- and why it makes sense

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On Redskins' interest in Maryland's Sean Davis -- and why it makes sense

After a strong showing at February’s NFL Combine and a series of meetings with 20 teams since the event, Maryland defensive back Sean Davis has positioned himself nicely as he prepares to know more about his future later this week when the NFL Draft gets underway.

And it’s a future that could include the Washington Redskins.

Davis took part in the team’s local prospect day on April 19, an event run by a number of teams to get a closer look at draft hopefuls who played college football within the region. On that day, according to a source, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan pulled Davis aside for a conversation, reiterating the team’s strong interest in him.

Most mock draft currently peg Davis somewhere in the third-round range, but the possibility exists that he could push up even higher because of the physical profile and position versatility he brings to the table.

In that way, it’s clear why McCloughan and the Redskins would be intrigued.

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Historically, McCloughan likes larger, longer defensive backs who can be used at different places within the defensive scheme. Davis is 6-1, 210 pounds and played three years at safety for Maryland -- reaching the 100-tackle mark as both a sophomore and junior -- before switching to cornerback because of team need as a senior.

At that position, he picked off three passes and forced five fumbles.

The question now is whether the team’s signing of cornerback Josh Norman affects its draft strategy.Earlier this week on RealRedskins.com, Rich Tandler wrote that defensive back was a position the team was “likely to bypass in at least the first three rounds” after inking Norman and has Washington targeting Davis in Round 5. But the way he has tested, it might be hard to see him still being available at that point.

CSN’s Ben Standig has Washington picking West Virginia safety Karl Joseph at No. 21 overall, which would fill that need early.

The case for Washington still using a pick on Davis, despite having signed Norman, goes back to his versatility. Washington needs safety help. Davis has shown that he can be plug-and-play at that position and it should translate to the next level, especially as a run-stopper.

At the same time, he still holds that potential to develop into an option at cornerback down the line. Possible help now, plus the ability to grow in the future.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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