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Maryland Darnell Savage Jr. Drafted 21st Overall

Joins the Green Bay Packers

April 26, 2019 - 11:46 am

By Austin Medina  

For the first time since 2006, two Maryland Terps were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft in consecutive seasons.

As I reported earlier this week, Savage Jr. jumped up the draft boards with an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl as well as an astounding combine.

Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was selected 21st overall in the first round Thursday by the Green Bay Packers. Savage Jr. became the first safety drafted in the first round, much to the disbelief of draft experts who gave him a second-round grade.

Savage Jr. gave the Terps back-to-back first round selections since Shawne Merrriman and Vernon Davis did it in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Wide receiver DJ Moore was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 24th overall last season.

Former Ravens scout Daniel Jeremiah gave his analysis on Savage Jr. “The only thing he's lacking is just kind of ideal size, a little bit undersized, but he ran 4.3 (40-yard dash), he plays to that 4.3. I would say absolutely he's a top-40 pick, and I think he's got a real chance to sneak into the first round.”

Savage Jr. will join new Packers addition Adrian Amos in the secondary for Green Bay and look to become a starter for Week 1.