As the NFL morphs into a pass-first sport, the importance of a hard-hitting safety with enough speed to cover the deep middle grows each year.
Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. hits every part of that description.
Haven’t heard of Savage? The league has.
NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that as the selection process grows closer Savage is emerging as a possible first round pick. Pro Football Focus listed Savage as the second-best safety prospect in the 2019 draft class.
Savage’s greatest strength is his versatility. He can play both safety spots, and plenty of NFL talent evaluators also see him being able to play slot corner.
Safety, nickel, linebacker, corner it doesn’t matter I’m gonna make plays 🤷🏾♂️— Darnell Savage Jr. (@darnellsavage_) April 15, 2019
Speed helps. Savage ran a 4.36 40-yard-dash.
Measurables like that paired with a second-team All-Big Ten performance last season means Savage certainly doesn’t make it to Saturday of the draft. And he might make it all the way to Thursday.
The Redskins can absolutely use a player like Savage. But a player like Savage might not make it to the Redskins' second round pick.
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