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Jamin Davis to the Washington Football Team
Welcome to the family, @jamindavis25!
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) April 30, 2021
Jamin Davis is a first-round draft pick, selected by the Washington Football Team with the No. 19 pick in Thursday evening’s NFL Draft.
Seen as a clear-cut first-rounder, Washington turned those rumblings into reality by taking Davis with the 19th overall pick, beating the line on his projected draft position (BetOnline.ag and Bovada) of 27.5 by eight picks. The former Wildcat was the third linebacker selected overall and just the second inside linebacker to come off the board, behind only Micah Parsons of Penn State.
Check out the moment Davis found out he was heading to Washington:
I have chills watching this. The moment @jamindavis25 got the call every football player dreams of. Wow. @WJCLNews was in Hinesville as the former @LongCoFootball standout got the call from @WashingtonNFL pic.twitter.com/CGaAG4CvXx
— Frank Sulkowski WJCL (@TheBigGuyWJCL) April 30, 2021
“Davis is an off-ball linebacker with good length and outstanding range. He’s a downhill run-defender and reliable tackler with good balance and explosive closing burst,” ESPN’s Steve Muench said of the former Kentucky star. “… Davis is a Day 1 starter who should strengthen the weakest part of the Washington defense and make a young and talented front seven even better.”
Here are the first round draft results:
1. Jaguars — QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
2. Jets — QB Zach Wilson (BYU)
3. 49ers — QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)
4. Falcons — TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)
5. Bengals — WR Ja’Marr Chase (Louisiana State)
6. Dolphins — WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
7. Lions — OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)
8. Panthers — CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)
9. Broncos — CB Patrick Surtain II (Alabama)
10. Eagles (from Cowboys) — WR DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
11. Bears (from Giants) — QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)
12. Cowboys (from Eagles) — LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)
13. Chargers — OT Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
14. Jets (from Vikings) — OG Alijah Vera-Tucker (Southern California)
15. Patriots — QB Mac Jones (Alabama)
16. Cardinals — LB Zaven Collins (Tulsa)
17. Raiders — OT Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
18. Dolphins — EDGE Jaelan Phillips (Miami of Florida)
19. Washington Football Team — LB Jamin Davis (Kentucky)
20. Giants (from Bears) — WR Kadarius Toney (Florida)
21. Colts — EDGE Kwity Paye (Michigan)
22. Titans — CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)
23. Vikings (from Jets) — OT Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)
24. Steelers — RB Najee Harris (Alabama)
25. Jaguars — RB Travis Etienne (Clemson)
26. Browns — CB Greg Newsome II (Northwestern)
27. Ravens — WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)
28. Saints — DE Payton Turner (Houston)
29. Packers — CB Eric Stokes (Georgia)
30. Bills — EDGE Gregory Rousseau (Miami of Florida)
31. Ravens — EDGE Jayson Oweh (Penn State)
32. Buccaneers — EDGE Joe Tryon (Washington)
What’s next? We’re just getting started with former Wildcats hearing their names called in the draft, with cornerback Kelvin Joseph expected to be taken Friday evening in the second or third round. From there, the likes of Brandin Echols, Landon Young, Drake Jackson, Quinton Bohanna and Max Duffy could all come off the board in the coming days.
Needless to say, it’s a big weekend for the Kentucky football program.
Orlando Antigua to Kentucky?
Is Coach O finally making his return to Lexington? The Illinois assistant has reportedly told head coach Brad Underwood and the Fighting Illini staff that he will be leaving to rejoin John Calipari’s staff at UK.
Derek Piper of Illini Inquirer was the first to break the news, followed by others making similar claims on social media.
My best source says O.A. is O.U.T.
— Illini Report (@IlliniReport) April 29, 2021
If the reports prove to be true, Antigua will return to the Kentucky basketball program after seven years away, first joining Calipari’s staff in 2009 and staying until 2014. During that time, he was named the top assistant coach in the country under 40 by ESPN.com in 2012 and helped assemble five straight No. 1-ranked recruiting classes in Lexington. UK compiled a 152-37 overall record during his tenure, highlighted by three Final Four appearances and the program’s eighth national title in 2012.
Could be a pleasant Derby Day for the BBN, just saying.
Adam Miller to decide Saturday
Previously hinting that a decision was coming May 1, Illinois guard Adam Miller confirmed with Tipton Edits that a Derby Day announcement was coming, with Kentucky, Michigan and LSU listed among the top contenders.
Illinois transfer Adam Miller will announce his college decision on Saturday.
Kentucky, Michigan, LSU, among others involved.
— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) April 30, 2021
Listed as the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2020 247Sports Composite Rankings, the freshman guard averaged 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per contest, shooting 34% from three on 4.9 attempts from deep per game. Playing for Illinois, a one-seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and a top-five team throughout the season, the true freshman had 13 double-digit scoring performances.
Sources told KSR as recently as Thursday that LSU was in strong position to land the 6-foot-2 guard, but the buzz out there has always been that the additions of Antigua and Chin Coleman to the UK coaching staff could be a game-changer in Miller’s recruitment.
Will it be enough to sign on the dotted line? We’ll find out Saturday.
CJ Fredrick nearing a decision?
Speaking of incoming decisions, could Iowa guard transfer CJ Fredrick be on deck, as well? According to Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country, Kentucky remains in solid shape with the former Covington Catholic standout and a decision could come sooner rather than later.
Hearing Iowa transfer guard CJ Fredrick is nearing a decision, Kentucky remains in the drivers seat.
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) April 30, 2021
Fredrick started 27 games for Iowa this past season and finished the year averaging 7.5 points per game on 47.4% shooting overall and 47.4% shooting from three. As a freshman in 2019-20, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.2 points per contest and shot 46.1% from three on over four attempts per game.
Happy Oaks Day!
And just like that, Derby Weekend is officially here, with the 147th running of the Kentucky Oaks set for Friday at 5:51 p.m. ET.
Here are the latest odds for this afternoon’s big race:
- Pauline’s Pearl 20-1
- Maracujá 20-1
- Clairière 5-1
- Crazy Beautiful 15-1
- Pass the Champagne 15-1
- Travel Column 3-1
- Ava’s Grace 50-1
- Moraz 30-1
- Coach 50-1
- Malathaat 5-2
- Will’s Secret 30-1
- Search Results 3-1
- Competitive Speed 50-1
- Millefeuille 20-1
Gates open at Churchill Downs at 9:30 a.m., with races scheduled through 7 p.m. ET.
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