2019 NFL Draft

Darnell Savage Jr.

S/Maryland

  • A
    6.70
    Projection
    Round 1-2
  • YearSenior
  • Height5-11
  • Weight198
  • Hand9 ⅛
  • Arm31
  • 40-yard4.36
  • Bench11
  • Vertical39.5
  • Broad126.0
  • 3-cone7.03
  • 20-yard4.14
  • 60-yardN/A
    YearGPCOMPATTPCTYDSYPATDSINTATTYDSYPCTDSRECYDSYPCTDSTKLTFLSACKPDFFFRPBUINTYDSPUNTSYDSAVGLNGFGMFGAPCTLNGXPMXPAPCT
    2015 10 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2016 12 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 59 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 5 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2017 12 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 59 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 11 3 93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2018 11 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 6 4 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    TOTALS45000%0000000000001810.00.00012281530000000%0000%

    Strong Points: Very quick reacting and aggressive in run support. Good feel in man and zone coverage. Plays two deep and keeps things in front or lines up in man and mirrors an inside receiver. Very good tackler with strength to take on and shed blocks. Plays a disciplined game and doesn't blow coverages or get caught out of position.

    Weak Points: Lacks ideal height for the position. Would like to see him more in man coverage.

    The Way We See It: Savage was a three-year starter and one of the Terps' more consistent performers on defense, eclipsing 50 total tackles in each of his past three seasons. Though he lacks ideal height, Savage is well-built and packs a wallop when he hits. He is one of the better run-support safeties in the draft: Quick to react and come up in an aggressive manner, easily take on blocks and consistently finish. Savage plays both underneath zone and deep in coverage, demonstrating awareness and an understanding of where to be on the field. He played some man and showed good mirror skills with quick feet and loose hips. Savage transitions without a false step and has good-to-very good ball reactions and hands. Ideally, he comes in and starts at strong safety as a rookie for a team with a need and makes solid contributions. The only real negative is his lack of height, which could show up in certain coverage assignments.

    Arthur Arkush: Savage doesn't appear to have many limitations on the field, where you can feel his sub-4-4 speed to close cushions, especially as a WR-screen game eraser. He pairs corner-like ball skills and suddenness with top safety instincts and aggressiveness. He'll run the alley like a heat-seeking missile but occasionally will get too out of control and/or endure the brunt of a collision because he isn't the biggest dude out there. Savage has elite speed but will let a receiver get on top of him sporadically because of a late reaction. Those are correctable errors and ones teams probably are looking past with little hesitation in exchange for the chance to add an extremely dynamic player with Pro Bowl upside. Check out the Texas film, akin to a highlight reel, to see how many different ways Savage can affect a game.

    Best Fit: Packers, Bucs, Lions, Giants, Raiders, Chiefs

    Red Flags: None

    NFL Comp: Eddie Jackson

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