ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)While Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has been marketing himself as a top prospect in the draft, he’s not the only receiver whose stock is rising. Georgia star Riley Ridley has quickly emerged as an increasingly attractive prospect by scouts.According to DawgNation, several scouts have spoken glowingly about Ridley over the course of the NFL scouting combine. Some analysts are even projecting that Ridley will be a first-round pick.NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks currently projects Ridley will go No. 27 overall to the Oakland Raiders. He cited Ridley’s route-running ability as an asset that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden particularly loves.“(Coach Jon) Gruden loves skilled route runners at receiver,” Brooks explained. “Ridley is a crafty technician with a knack for getting open and making tough catches in traffic.”Another NFL.com analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, believes that Ridley is a top-30 prospect, rating him as No. 29 on his board. Jeremiah had Ridley as his second-highest rated Bulldog on the board, after cornerback Deandre Baker.“Ridley has good size (6-2, 200 pounds) and he’s a very polished route runner. He lacks an explosive burst in his release, but understands how to set up defenders and is very efficient at the top of his route. Despite lacking top-end juice, he creates separation with his clean footwork in/out of the break point. He has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the highest point…”Ridley had a breakout season with the Bulldogs in 2018, catching 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns en route to an SEC East division title and a Sugar Bowl appearance.He opted to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.Ridley was one of four Georgia skill position players to forego their senior year. His teammates Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman, and Isaac Nauta are also hoping to hear their names called this year.[DawgNation]
“There is now incontestable proof that the wreck is from a much later period,” according to a report from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The bronze or copper fasteners found on the site, near the Coque Vieille Reef, point to shipbuilding techniques of the late 17th or 18th centuries, when ships were sheathed in copper. The Santa Maria, which ran aground on the night of 24 to 25 December 1492, would have used only iron or wood fasteners. Moreover, in view of contemporary accounts – notably the journal of Christopher Columbus, transcribed by Bartolome de las Casas – the wreck is too far from the shore to be that of the Santa Maria.The report was drafted by UNESCO mission leader Xavier Nieto Prieto, whose team visited Cap-Haitian, north of the island, between 9 and 14 September. He was joined by Tatiana Villega, of UNESCO’s Office in Haiti, Kenrick Demesvar, of the Haitian Ministry of Culture, and Maksaen Denis, of Haiti’s National Bureau of Ethnology.In a letter dated 12 June, Haitian Culture Minister Monique Rocourt asked for the support of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, requesting that a mission of experts be sent to the site.The letter followed an announcement in May that Bill Clifford, an American underwater explorer, had located the wreck of the ‘Santa Maria.’ He first visited the site in 2003 and identified a cannon believed to date from the 15th century. The cannon has since disappeared. UNESCO’s Underwater Heritage Convention, adopted 2001, aims to ensure the safeguarding of underwater heritage and support research and international cooperation in this field. The States – numbering 48 including Haiti – that have ratified it undertake to preserve this heritage, prevent commercial exploitation of sites and fight the illicit trafficking in stolen artefacts. This latest UNESCO report recommends further exploration to find the Santa Maria and to draw an inventory of other major wrecks in the area. It also calls on Haiti to adopt legislative measures to enhance the protection of underwater heritage, notably with regard to the attribution of authorizations for the excavation of underwater archaeological sites, and meet the standards of the Convention.