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5 prospects Redskins and Ravens fans should watch in Alabama vs. LSU

5 prospects Redskins and Ravens fans should watch in Alabama vs. LSU

Saturday delivers the biggest game of the season as No. 2 LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 3 Alabama. If you want to see the future of the NHL, this is the game to watch. This game is loaded not just with NFL prospects, but high-end prospects.

Most eyes will be on the quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow. For the Redskins and Ravens, however, they both have quarterbacks. Luckily for fans, there are several other prospects to see in this game at other positions who will be playing in the NFL next season.

Here are the five players Redskins and Ravens fans should be watching Saturday in Alabama vs. LSU.

WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Henry Ruggs, Justin Jefferson and DeVonta Smith are all top receiver prospects, but Jeudy is the best of the bunch as the top receiving prospect in the nation. He looks like the next great Alabama receiver with 52 catches, 682 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He is incredibly fast with breakaway speed which he uses well with his quick feet and exquisite route running. He is a game-changing receiver who can get open and break off big plays.

Don't be surprised if Jeudy's stock goes down at the combine. He is not the biggest receiver and could use some more muscle. There will be those who downgrade him because of his size and because of durability concerns in the NFL. That, however, is foolish. This guy is going to be a great receiver who could upgrade any offense he's in.

Jeudy is not going to be available where the Ravens pick, but he should be for the Redskins. Just imagine a Jeudy, Terry McLaurin receiving duo. Yes, please.

See here where Jeudy lands in our Mock Draft.

S Grant Delpit, LSU

Safety will not be the biggest need for either the Redskins or Ravens, but Grant Delpit is the caliber of player to make you reconsider your future at the position. Easily the best safety in the draft, Delpit excels in deep coverage and can cover a lot of ground in the pass defense.  Delpit hauled in six interceptions in his first six seasons and was a unanimous All-American last year.

As good as he is in deep coverage, he is also tremendous coming downhill and snuffing out the run or blitzing in limited situations. He is someone offenses will have to know where he is on the field at all times.

See here where Delpit lands in our Mock Draft.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

If the Ravens are looking to upgrade their interior defensive line, the 6-foot-7, 305-pound Raekwon Davis should be a target. Arguably the most important job of a defensive tackle is gap defending. You have to plug up the middle of the line. Davis is brilliant at maintaining his gap and forcing the ball away. He also has good burst off the line and more acceleration than you would anticipate for a player of his size. If you dial up a play for him to rush the quarterback, he is going to get through whatever the offensive line puts in front of him or he is going to take a double team which, again, goes to gap control. When you have two offensive linemen and a giant tackle battling right where you want your running back to go, that makes it difficult to run the football.

See here where Davis lands in our Mock Draft.

CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Like receivers, this game boasts several first and second-round cornerback prospects, but let's go with the name most Redskins and Ravens fans will recognize.

Diggs, a native of Maryland, converted from wide receiver to cornerback in his sophomore year. He was previously the punt and kick returner for the Tide showing off his tremendous athleticism and speed. He is great at finding the ball in the air and diagnosing when to jump to get his hand to it at the highest point. Diggs can sometimes give up space when transitioning from the back-pedal, but he has shown great ability to close gaps, especially when the ball is in the air and the receiver has to readjust to it. Diggs can close that gap, then beat his receiver to the ball and force the incompletion.

See here where Diggs lands in our Mock Draft.

Edge Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Lewis is one of the best edge rushers in the nation and also one of the most fun to watch because of how frantic it all looks. Disruption is definitely his game. He has good burst to build momentum which he uses to his advantage. He is not afraid to fight off blocks as well as shed them. He is an explosive player who is hard to battle against every single play.

Lewis needs to refine his skills as the way he sheds blocks is more frantic than technical as he just throws whatever moves he can think of at his blockers. He can get away with that in college, but in the NFL he needs to know when and how to use whatever tools are in his arsenal to shed a blocker instead of just making it up as he goes along.

See here where Lewis lands in our Mock Draft.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

WR Dee Anderson, LSU
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
DB Shyheim Carter, Alabama
Edge K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
OLB Michael Divinity, LSU
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
RB Najee Harris, Alabama
WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
OLB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU
OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
G Damien Lewis, LSU
CB Xavier McKinney, Alabama
LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
DT LaBryan Ray, Alabama
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

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Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

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Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tre Jones was pleased that when No. 10 Duke fell behind early at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils showed composure and gradually worked their way back.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski was glad he had Jones to lead the way.

“They follow his lead,” Krzyzewski said after Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half as Duke rallied to beat the Hokies 77-63 Friday night.

On a team with many prominent freshman, the sophomore point guard said seeing his teammates respond in the right way was “huge for us tonight just like on Tuesday" when the Blue Devils won 87-75 at Michigan State. “Another big road game. A big crowd. In past years we've struggled here.”

Freshmen Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore Jr. added 12 points each for the Blue Devils (9-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three in a row in Cassell Coliseum. They used runs of 12-2 just after halftime and 12-3 a short time later to take command after trailing for almost the entire first half.

“We played an outstanding 18 minutes in the second half,” Krzyzewski said, “although I'll say this: We played an outstanding 12 minutes in the first half to stay in the game.”

P.J. Horne scored 15 points to lead the Hokies (6-3, 1-1), who lost their third in a row and ended their three-game home winning streak against the Blue Devils. Wabisa Bede and Tyrece Radford added 12 points each.

The Hokies made 10 of their first 14 shots and led by 12 early, but Duke slowly climbed back. The early 12-2 run in the second half gave them their first lead, 50-47, since the opening minute. After Virginia Tech pulled even at 52 on Horne's 3-pointer with 11:10 remaining, the Blue Devils scored 12 of the next 15 points and gradually pulled away.

Jones had four in that latter burst, which ended with the Blue Devils ahead 62-55.

“Tre Jones is so disruptive. He's made great progress with his game offensively but he is a mean dude defensively,” Hokies first-year coach Mike Young said.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils came in averaging seven 3-pointers and had three by the time Carey scored his first point (9:24 into the game) and six by halftime. Virginia Tech had 10 field goals before the game was 10 minutes old, and it took Duke 15 minutes to make 10 shots. Five of them were 3s, though, to keep the score close.

Virginia Tech: Landers Nolley II is the Hokies' leading scorer (20 ppg) and is second on the team in assists. He had three first-half assists, each time feeding a teammate for an easy lay-in when the defense came toward him. But Nolley had an otherwise pedestrian night, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and nine of their 14 turnovers. He also was called for a flagrant foul with the Hokies trailing 66-57 with 4:34 to play.

“I think they got up under his chin, and I didn't think he handled it very well,” Young said.

STREAK ENDS

Carey arrived on a streak of seven double-doubles but played just 15 minutes and grabbed only five rebounds as Duke went with a smaller lineup.

UP NEXT

The Blue Devils don't play again until Dec. 19 at home against Wofford.

The Hokies are at home against next Wednesday against Chattanooga.

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

Ron Prince resigned from his position as head coach at Howard University on Friday. Prince had been on administrative leave since November after allegations of verbal abuse and mistreatment of players.

“Coach Ron Prince has resigned as head coach of Howard’s football program, effective immediately,” Howard athletics director Kery Davis said in a statement to ESPN. “The university and Coach Prince have agreed to mutually part ways. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately."

The allegations came to light after HBCU Gameday reported that Davis received a letter from a parent with the accusations against Price. The university put Price on administrative leave and launched an investigation into the matter.

Four Howard players joined the transfer portal in October, the most notable being quarterback Caylin Newton, the brother of former NFL MVP Cam Newton. Prince joined Howard after the 2018 season and has had 17 players enter the transfer portal during his tenure.

Price's previous experience includes coaching in the NCAA for Rutgers University and Michigan University, and in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. He was the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08. 

Howard assigned interim responsibilities to director of football operations Aaron Kelton, who will continue on in that role until a new coach is hired.

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