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Darnell Savage emerging as a possible Day 1 selection

April 23, 2019 - 9:19 pm

By Austin Medina  

In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected wide receiver DJ Moore with the 24th overall pick. The selection signaled the first Maryland Terrapin to be selected in the first round since 2009, when the Raiders drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey 7th overall.

This Thursday, another Terrapin may stay true to the trend and become just the second first-rounder picked in over a decade.

Safety Darnell Savage has been rising up draft boards and may be selected in the first round, according to Ian Rapoport.

Savage played four seasons at Maryland and did it all in 2018, as he recorded 52 tackles (5.5 TFL), four interceptions, and two pass deflections. He showed great instincts along with a high in-game IQ. 

Listed at 5'11, Savage produced astounding numbers at the NFL Combine and distanced himself from safety prospects such as Johnathan Abram and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. His measurables compared nicely to a former Defensive Player of the Year.

Savage has made Top 30 visits with 11 teams, including the Seahawks, Steelers, and Eagles. The Seahawks have two first-round picks and desperately need to replace safety Earl Thomas, who joined the Ravens last month. Along with the 21st overall pick, the Seahawks acquired the 29th overall pick when they traded defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs Tuesday.

Throughout his career at Maryland, he showed great instincts along with a high in-game IQ. Savage may be a surprise pick in many mock drafts, but the talent he put on film makes a first-round selection a legitimate possibility.

A starting safety, Savage mentioned that versatility is an option as he took to Twitter.

Tune in this weekend to see where Savage is drafted, as he looks to solidify himself as another Terappin first-round selection.