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Tom Savage | Quarterback

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/26/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235

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Texans selected Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Savage (6-foot-4 1/4, 228) was originally a four-star recruit to Rutgers, but lost his starting job to someone named Chas Dodd and transferred to Arizona. 'Cats coach Rich Rodriguez's spread-option offense didn't suit Savage, so he transferred yet again, finally landing on his feet at Pitt. He started one season for the Panthers, compiling a 21:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 61.2% completion rate. His career record was 17-11. Savage was a college underachiever, but possesses NFL-caliber arm strength and size, and pro evaluators are more concerned with traits than college stats. He's a 24-year-old project. Savage was awarded with plenty of buzz and ultimately landed in the fourth-round. He has a ways to go, but Bill O'Brien might be a believer. May 10 - 2:32 PM

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NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage as the top-available prospect heading into Day 3.

Brandt listed Savage as the No. 42 overall prospect heading into Thursday night. Brandt sees Stanford OT Cameron Fleming, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Utah CB Keith McGill and Arizona State LB Carl Bradford rounding out the best player available list. Other players of note who haven't been selected include Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington, Georgia QB Aaron Murray and LSU QB Zach Mettenberger.
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 12:05 AM

Former NFL and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, whom he coached in college, has the pocket fearlessness required of a good NFL QB.

"He's big, he's strong, and the biggest thing is he's tough. He stands in there and takes a hit. And that's what it is in that league. You're going to stand in there, and you're going to get it off just in the nick of time, then you're going to get hit," Schiano said on Tuesday's NFL Total Access' NFL Draft Preview. "He showed that as a freshman. I think he's got all the tools. He did sit out awhile. But I like that as a head coach. I say 'He's got a lot of improving to do, but he's a pretty darned good quarterback right now.'" Savage will likely hear his name called in the first half of Round 2, though NFL Media analyst Charles Davis suggested he might go in the first round. Schiano added: "The thing I loved most about him is he loves the game of football. He's going to live it. He's going to be in your building, he's going to be studying, grinding, that's the kind of guy I wanted leading our football team."
Source: NFL.com
May 6 - 10:17 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage throws the ball as well as anybody in the draft, according to NFL Media Analayst Mike Mayock.

That said, Mayock doesn't think he has a chance of going in Round 1 and pegs Savage as a third- or fourth-rounder. Industry sentiment has moved Savage into the second round, so it appears likely that the fast riser will transcend Mayock's expectations.
Source: NFL.com
May 1 - 9:20 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage had a visit with the New York Jets, according to NY Daily News' Manish Mehta.

"Most intriguing player who quietly visited Jets: Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage. He was in NYJ facility last week for a pre-draft visit, I'm told, Mehta tweeted. The Jets brought Michael Vick through free agency and just drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 draft. With all that being said, it's quite interesting that Savage could be a potential prospect the Jets have interest in. With Savage probably going in the late second or third-round the Jets would have to spend a quality pick for Savage's services. If that scenario did happen, it would be pretty telling what they think about Geno Smith's progress to date. The Tom Savage buzz continues.
Apr 29 - 3:26 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage had an official visit with the Green Bay Packers.

Coach Mike McCarthy has made it known, that the Packers could be looking to add quality depth behind Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. If the Pittsburgh prospect, is indeed that quarterback, they may have to use a much higher pick to bring him in. Savage is projecting to go from the second, to the third round in this years draft. The Packers may be willing to pony up a higher pick for a quality back-up, after losing Rodgers for most of the season to injury last year.
Apr 29 - 10:46 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes the Cincinnati Bengals should take a flyer on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage in the second round.

"I would think second round, you could really bring someone in, somebody like a Tom Savage from Pittsburgh," Davis said on "Path to the Draft." "They do need one more running back to help them fortify things and allow someone to throw it down the field to A.J. Green. Tom Savage has plenty of arm to do that." Davis thinks the Bengals should bring in a guy like Savage to come and compete with Andy Dalton. However, Dalton was told that the front office would not be bringing in a QB to compete with him for the starting spot. With Dalton in the last year of his contract, the Bengals may need to see what he has left in the tank before turning over the reins to a rookie QB. Savage has created quite the buzz as of late, and it's possible if the Bengals pass on him in the second, he could be off the board by the third round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 1:49 AM

The Patriots are "incredibly high" on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage and "will consider using a pick to acquire the signal caller during the draft," reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline said he's known about New England's interest in Savage since the combine, and adds that "some in the organization" are calling Savage "Tom #2." If you need to ask who Tom #1 is, you're in the wrong place. "I’m told Savage impressed the franchise during combine interviews, especially when former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand," wrote Pauline. "Evidently Savage took responsibility for the 2011 situation when he left the Rutgers football program, which was then headed by Schiano. Both the Patriots and Schiano were impressed by Savage’s maturity in discussing his departure." The analyst believes evaluators sweetened to Savage when they divided his 2013 game tape into halves, putting great faith in his potential based on the decreased mistakes and improved accuracy in the latter half. Extrapolations like that can be terribly dangerous, but the Patriots have identified magic in unlikely places before.
Apr 22 - 4:57 PM

The MMQB's Peter King believes the Rams will take a QB in "the first three rounds."

This jives with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's story on Sunday stating that the Rams are "strongly considering" taking a quarterback in May's draft. GM Les Snead has already stated that he won't use a first-round pick at the position, but it appears likely that he'll pull the trigger on a signal-caller on Day 2. The Rams used a pre-draft visit on Pittsburgh's Tom Savage, and dispatched QB coach Frank Cignetti to watch Aaron Murray's pro day. Those two will be in play. As for a darkhorse candidate, St. Louis is intrigued by SMU's Garrett Gilbert, and NFL.com's Gil Brandt has been insisting for a while now that the former Longhorn could crack the third round.
Apr 21 - 10:18 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage declined the NFL's invitation to attend the draft in New York.

The NFL doesn't invite players to the green room who are expected to get embarrassed. While it still seems a little farfetched that Savage could crack the first round, he's now regularly being mocked at the top of the second. Savage (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) has arguably the draft's strongest arm and is experienced taking snaps from under center.
Apr 20 - 6:46 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "has a very real shot of landing in the top of the second round," says NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

"When you just look at the number of visits he's had and number of workouts he's had, that's hard data you can tell that there's buzz and some excitement building on him," said Jeremiah. Savage (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) threw for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions in relative obscurity for Pitt last year. Scouts discovered a bazooka arm when breaking down tape, however, and Savage has taken on helium since the draft process began. "The arm strength is easy to notice. He's got a big arm and you see him make some drive throws you don't see other guys make," Jeremiah said. "When I watched him early in the year, he took so many sacks and I kind of worried about his ability to navigate in the pocket and get out of trouble."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Pitt QB Tom Savage at No. 40 overall.

He was previously not ranked in Brandt's top 50, but it is worth noting that the former NFL exec was the first to draw attention to Savage's game during the fall. This places the Pitt quarterback behind Johnny Manziel (No. 1), Blake Bortles (No. 8), Teddy Birdgewater (No. 13), Derek Carr (No. 25) and Jimmy Garoppolo (No. 36) in Brandt's rankings, who adds Savage "is a good leader and throws a lot like Troy Aikman."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 4:05 PM

Pitt QB Tom Savage will have visited or gone through workouts with 24 or 25 teams by April 27, according to The MMQB's Peter King.

"When I say meetings with teams, I mean time with either the GM, coach, offensive coordinator or two or three of those," King writes. Some are reportedly calling Savage's arm the best in the draft, but we feel his tendency to fall away from the pass rush is being overlooked due to many blaming a terrible offensive line. Still, draft buzz seems to be pointing Savage towards the second-round.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 14 - 1:45 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage had a pre-draft visit with the Raiders in Oakland on Friday.

The most meteoric draft riser certainly fits the traditional bill of what Oakland looks for in a QB, in that he can make any throw with velocity and drive the ball downfield. Once considered a Day 3 pick, Oakland might now have to take Savage with the No. 36 pick in the second round to secure him. If the Raiders pass on a QB at No. 5, the fit makes a lot of sense. Plus, as ESPN points out, a Raiders jersey with the name "SAVAGE" on the back would just look right.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 8:15 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Pitt QB Tom Savage commits the cardinal sin of "backing up in the face pressure."

"But his arm talent and the ability to snap it off, and he also played in an NFL type offense, is very impressive," Cosell said. The NFL Films producer called Savage a "late-round guy" and said the quarterback has the look of a conventional, prototypical pocket passer. The buzz is trending towards Savage being selected in the second-round, which is a bit unbelievable, but the NFL does obsess over big bodied, big armed, quarterbacks who have dropped from center.
Apr 11 - 9:58 AM