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One of the clear exceptions during Maryland's difficult 2018 season was the play of Savage. He capped his fourth season as a starter in 2018 by setting career-highs in interceptions (four) and tackles for loss (5.5) among his 52 overall takedowns, giving him 182 stops over his career, including nine for loss as well as 13 passes broken up and eight interceptions.
The question for scouts may be where he fits best as many teams require safeties to top the 200-pound mark, at minimum, and Savage just approaches that benchmark. If nothing else, his quickness and competitiveness should make him a quality nickel corner.
Possesses a short but compact frame. While lacking preferred size, Savage is a very physical defender, showing zero hesitation as a tackler or near the line of scrimmage and actually appearing to enjoy the combative nature of the sport.
Where his lack of preferred size shows up most is actually in coverage. While competitive in jump ball situations and showing explosive leaping ability (39.5" vertical jump), he can be victimized by larger receivers.
Savage is a coordinated, light-footed athlete showing good quickness and agility for underneath man to man coverage responsibilities. He was not asked to play much single-high safety but appears to possess the straight-line speed and vision to handle these duties. Has the instincts to be the last line of defense, routinely getting an early jump on the ball due to his diagnosis skills.
Played running back and receiver in high school and those ball skills are evident with his eight career interceptions (along with 13 passes broken up) and two touchdowns scored. Characterized as a team leader. Has shown impressive durability over his college career, starting the final 30 consecutive games before accepting his invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Projection: Second Round
--Field Level Media
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