Pittsburgh‘s Tom Savage was becoming a hot-riser weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft. Savage was invited to the first round, but he declined the invitation, and that was the smart decision for him considering he lasted until the beginning of the fourth round.
At 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, Savage looks the part for today’s prototypical NFL quarterback. With pocket awareness and a strong arm to go with it, Savage has a ton of upside. In college, Savage had one of the worst offensive lines playing in front of him, but when he had time, Savage made defenses pay. The combination of Savage and Devin Street was one of the best in college football last year.
Hand size is becoming one of the best predictors of success for the next level and Savage has 10 hands. Savage played all over the place in college. He started at Rutgers, where he earned Freshman All-American honors. Savage then transferred to Arizona, but he elected to go back to Rutgers because Mike Stoops was fired. The NCAA denied his transfer back to Rutgers, so the Pennsylvania native enrolled at Pittsburgh.
Savage will be up against Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting gig, but Savage has the ability to win the starting job if he picks up the playbook quick. Head coach Bill O’Brien is a quarterback guru and he was a big part in Tom Brady’s development. Savage is still extremely raw, but he has the ability to be a good professional quarterback with his elite measurables. With Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and DeAndre Hopkins already in place on offense, the pieces are there for Savage to have a good rookie season.