Tom Savage, QB, 6’4” 228 lbs, Pittsburgh

Tom Savage’s projected draft stock has leapfrogged full rounds in the past few days.  In the beginning of the offseason he was thought to be a late selection all the way down to the sixth round.  As of 4/23/2014, he is projected as high as 33rd to the Houston Texans.  Along with the Texans, reports from New England area sources have Savage “incredibly high” on the New England Patriots board.  Last year at Pitt the former Freshman All-American, while at Rutgers, completed 61.2% of his passes for 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 43 sacks.

Strengths:  Savage has very good size for quarterback and a robust frame that can take some punishment.  He has a pro-level arm in both strength and intermediate accuracy.  His release is quick and from a high three-quarters arm angle.  For a quarterback while such a strong arm, he throws arguably the most catchable ball of any quarterback in the draft and it comes out with high RPMs.  He has matured both on the field and off the field.  Hard working and intelligent, he works well through his progression from a timing standpoint and has played in a pro-style offense.  Has shown the ability to work with minimal talent around him as he put up solid metrics while having a hodge podge for an offensive line this past year at Pitt.His learning curve will not be a steep as others and he has shown is ability to adapt quickly with taking two seasons off due to NCAA transfer rules when he transferred from Rutgers to Arizona then Arizona to Pitt.

Weaknesses:  Savage is a true pocket passer with limited scrambling ability.  He could stand to learn how to manipulate defensive backs with his eyes and body because he will occasionally stare down his targets.  Has limited pocket awareness and gets rushed or sacked often because of the lack of “feeling the pocket” and ability to extend plays.  Could use a little more accuracy on the deep ball.  Lack of playing time over the last four years is making it tough to truly evaluate this four-year college athlete.

Where he goes:  Savage has had a meteoric rise recently and is very hard to hypothesize.  Current projections have him going in the second to third round.

Written by: Nic Amanno

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