In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected quarterback Tom Savage out of the University of Pittsburgh. Savage was one of the few players who saw his draft stock rise incredibly around the NFL as the draft approached. At one point in the draft process, Savage was barely in the top-10 quarterback conversation and a few weeks later, he actually had to turn down offers to visit NFL teams because his schedule prior to the draft was already packed with other visits. It was a very unique turn of events for Savage and it led to him getting drafted by the Texans, which happens to be one of the best teams in which he could have landed.
After Savage sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons in college for NCAA school-transferring rules, Savage started all 13 games for Pittsbugh, completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. While those are already impressive numbers, Pittsburgh had one of the worst offensive lines in the NCAA last season, which makes his season more impressive. In 2014 with the Texans, Savage will compete with Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick and T.J. Yates. Keenum, Fitzpatrick and Yates have already shown the NFL their abilities and proven to the Texans that none of them are the answer at quarterback. Savage will show up in training camp and earn the Week 1 start for a number of reasons.
This is a quarterback who new head coach and quarterback-guru Bill O’Brien absolutely loves. Savage is a tall, strong, tough and smart quarterback with fantastic mechanics and a cannon for an arm. Savage is known to put in all the time he can to watch film to improve his game — and then some more. Combining this work ethic and physical abilities with Bill O’Brien as head coach, and a pro-bowl quarterback will be produced. Savage has deep accuracy, can make all the tight throws, can make throws outside the pocket and is known to be a clutch player who loves pressure.
Savage does have parts of his game that need to be developed, but that’s where O’Brien comes in. Selecting Savage in the fourth round of the NFL Draft was a great move for the Houston Texans and Savage will be a Pro Bowler in the blink of an eye.
Cian Lynch is a New York Giants writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CianL1.