The Houston Texans added several talented players during the first four rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, including No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, one of the top guards of the class in Xavier Su’a-Filo and a potential steal in nose tackle Louis Nix III. But they were in no hurry to address the quarterback position despite possessing two less-than-formidable options at the spot in Case Keenum and T.J. Yates.
In Round 4, however, the Texans finally found their guy. Pittsburgh‘s Tom Savage was made pick No. 135 overall. Some speculated that Savage would hear his name called during Day 2 before the draft began, with a select few even going as far to say he would come off the board in the first round. Those expectations quickly proved to be irrational as Savage slipped through most of the draft’s first four rounds.
He’s not the worst value for the Texans in the fourth round, but probably isn’t going to be ready to start in 2014. Savage enters the NFL with very little experience — 2013 was his first full-year of starting experience since 2009 — but he definitely has some tools to work with. The prototypical size is there. The arm strength to make every NFL throw is there. The leadership ability that is essential at the position is there as well.
He just hasn’t had enough reps yet to warrant the hype he was receiving leading up to the draft. He’s a reletively low-risk selection for the Texans in the fourth round, but it would be wise for their fans to temper expectations for him early on.
Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.