If you have kept an eye on the NFL Draft at all over the past few days, you know that former Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is absolutely skyrocketing up draft boards. As a matter of fact, there have been reports that Savage could go as high as the top of the second round. And while I, like many others, think that Savage has a definite NFL future, I just don’t see the logic in taking someone like him with a high pick.
That’s not to say that Savage isn’t talented. Actually, from a talent standpoint, he’s one of the top six quarterbacks in this draft. However, it’s the mechanical things that should make NFL teams pause when looking at Savage. Between the inconsistent footwork, poor decision making and lack of touch, the fact is the man’s play doesn’t warrant a high selection.
With that in mind, not everything is negative when evaluating Savage’s game. Despite speculation that he’s too immobile for today’s NFL, Savage actually isn’t as bad of an athlete as he’s made out to be. Also, with prototypical size for the position at 6-foot-4, 228-pounds, there’s no doubt that he can hold up through the course of the long NFL season. Not to mention, with one of the strongest arms in the draft, Savage is a nice fit for many modern pro offenses.
All in all, it’s easy to see why teams are intrigued by Savage’s potential. However, based on production and where he’s at in his development right now, Tom Savage just doesn’t warrant a high selection in May’s draft.