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Round 1 #21 - Darnell Savage S
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:52:09 AM »

Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Height: 5-11. Weight: 198. Arm: 30.63. Hand: 9.00.
40 Time: 4.36. Three Cone: 7.03.
Bench: 11. Vertical: 39.5. Broad: 10-6.
Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

4/20/19: Savage has become a hot prospect, putting together great workouts in the leadup to the draft. On top of the workouts, he has good tape from his final season at Maryland and teams love his character. Of all the prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, Savage could be the leader for the most pre-draft visits as there are 10 teams and counting that have hosted him in April. Savage has to chance to go much higher than expected and could sneak into the first round. Sources say he is a smart kid, a team leader, and charismatic.

Savage played really well for the Terrapins in 2018, almost helping them pull off an upset over Ohio State. Maryland's defense did a nice job in the early going of holding the Buckeyes' play-makers in check, and Savage was a key part of that. In 2018, Savage totaled 52 tackles with four interceptions and two passes broken up. He does not have great size, but he makes up for it with speed and instincts. Savage also has the versatility to play some nickel cornerback.

As a senior, Savage totaled 52 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up and four interceptions. He had three interceptions with 59 tackles and eight breakups as a junior. Savage broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and totaled 59 tackles with an interceptions.

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Darnell Savage Jr. S Maryland
April 10, 2019

Darnell is listed as a safety but the truth is, he could play many different positions on both sides of the ball. He has excellent quick/twitch athleticism with speed. He is an excellent tackler, has excellent hands to intercept the ball and might be THE best cover safety in this draft and one of the better cover corners in this draft. He has everything you look for in a receiver and a Defensive Back. He shows leadership skills through his play on the field, coverage skills when playing in the slot and speed, quickness, vision like a running back to take the ball to the house after an interception. On defense he can play any Defensive Back position. He is instinctive, decisive and when he goes to tackle he is like a heat seeking missile, taking down any size player with a form tackle and with authority. Darnell plays like a Rocket on the field and that’s why I call him Darnell (Rocket Man) Savage.

Like I always say…you can nit-pick a player right into the 7th round if you want. Size maters in the draft but once a player hits the field and produces…all of a sudden, size doesn’t matter. Also, Darnell will be downgraded because the position he plays. Some teams just do not want to spend the money on the safety position in general and feel they can find a safety at any point in the draft. I agree but, than again… there are exceptions to every rule.

Darnell reminds me of former Patriots Troy Brown. Troy was selected in the 1993 Draft in the 8th round. He was drafted primarily as a wide receiver but he played special teams and cornerback. Troy played for 15 years for the Patriots. As a receiver he recorded 557 catches for 6,366 yards, 31 touchdowns. On defense he made 39 tackles, broke up 5 passes and had 3 interceptions. On Special Teams as a punt returner he accumulated 2,625 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. In 2017 the Titans selected in the first round (18th) Adoree’ Jackson and in just a few short years is creating a problem for his team in replacing his talent because he is playing and impacting on defense, offense and special teams. Darnell and Adoree’ are the same size and both have same Athletic talent. So, go ahead pass on selecting Danelle because of the one box, you can’t check (size) is the one box that really doesn’t matter once the game starts. Go ahead, I dare you to pass on selecting the heat seeking missile that can impact your teams defense, offense and special teams. Personally, I don’t pass on selecting defensive playmakers because of size. But, that’s just me, talking to myself.

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Re: Round 1 #21 - Darnell Savage S
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2019, 01:12:47 AM »
Love this kid - great athlete with play-making ability honed in the BIG 10. I hope he is a quick study, because getting  on the field is a potential game changer by adding an essential piece to Mike Pettine's puzzle.
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Re: Round 1 #21 - Darnell Savage S
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2019, 06:52:27 AM »
For the people who never saw Nick Collins play...I introduce you to NC's twin. My favorite player the Packer's picked because of what he may be able to do as the Eraser!
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