Darnell Savage

Maryland

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
DE
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
198 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.88
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Green Bay
Packers
Round 1 ‧ Pick 21
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.36u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
126.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.03
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.14
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Savage led Delaware's Caravel Academy to a state title his senior year as a two-way player (1,298 rushing yards, 54 tackles). Maryland coaches got him on the field right away as a freshman, playing him in 10 games (12 tackles) and starting him in the season finale. Savage started 12 games the following year (59 tackles, 3.5 for loss, one interception, four pass breakups) and in 2017, as well. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior (59 tackles), leading the Terrapins with eight pass breakups and tying for the team lead with three interceptions (returning one of those picks for a score). Savage was a playmaker again as a senior, earning second-team all-conference notice with four interceptions, two pass breakups, and 52 tackles (5.5 for loss).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Lamarcus Joyner
Overview
Savage will offer an interesting litmus test for how teams value instincts, IQ and coverage quickness against size. He sports a compact frame with a muscular build and was actually bigger at the combine than some scouts expected. His sticky cover skills and ability to close on throws from all areas of the field are valuable commodities that should not be undervalued. Savage should be targeted as a Day 2 hybrid defender offering early starting potential as a two-high zone or slot cover talent.
Strengths
  • Twitchy, urgent athlete
  • Movement in space is fluid and natural
  • Quick pedal to gain depth from high-safety spot
  • Makeup speed to chase down the throw
  • Thrives in off-man coverage from slot
  • Above-average coverage IQ
  • Responsive to pattern clues laid out by QB and WR
  • Smooth hips with sharp burst to smother underneath routes at the break
  • Plus burst to close
  • Shows lurker qualities to read and jump throws by unaware quarterbacks
  • Of his 7 interceptions over the last two years, two have gone for touchdowns
  • Takes laser-focused paths to avoid traffic in run support
  • Explosive downhill trigger to run the alley or fit up into gaps
  • Always looking for work, and motor won't allow him to coast
  • Good radar to seek and tackle on the move
Weaknesses
  • Slightly undersized for an NFL safety
  • Built more like a running back than safety
  • Looks tiny when forced to match against college tight ends
  • Could struggle to elevate and challenge high-points against NFL size
  • Just average discipline in positioning between multiple downfield targets
  • Needs to build downhill momentum as tackler
  • Becomes grab-and-drag tackler when feet are stationary
  • Size could preclude success as open-field finisher
Sources Tell Us

"He reminds me of Lamarcus Joyner when he was coming out. They are the same type of player minus Joyner's pop." -- Former area scout for NFC team
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league