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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

The Cowboys are hosting Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald for a visit on Monday.

The marriage would be a great one, but we highly doubt Donald lasts until pick No. 16. Interior disruption can completely shape the success of a defense, and Donald is explosive from both the three- and one-techniques. There is a legitimate chance Donald is selected in the top 10. Expect the Cowboys to put plenty of emphasis on their front four.
Apr 14 - 11:32 AM

Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald drew mixed reviews from three anonymous NFL talent evaluators.

"I don’t know about this guy," a scouting director from an NFC team said. "You look at him, and he’s too small. But then you watch him and all he does is produce. I’m torn on him." An AFC executive called Donald a "good player" who will be productive if you are "able to live with his size." An NFC scout concluded: "He’s a real good pass rusher. He doesn’t kill you in the run game, but you don’t want him out there all the time."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 10:09 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

Pittsburgh junior RB Isaac Bennett will require surgery on his sprained left shoulder.

Both Bennett and his competition for the starting job, James Conner (knee sprain), are currently out but expected to return by fall camp. Last season, Bennett ran for 797 yards and seven touchdowns, while Conner finished with 799 yards and eight scores. Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst said the surgery was necessary and promised Bennett will "do everything he can to rehab."
Apr 12 - 7:19 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

NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote "I'm taking" Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "and I'm taking him in the second round because he likely won't be there in the third."

The long-time Cowboys' executive speaks from experience in this example of how a player can jump up a round or two. And, at this point, it would almost be an upset if Savage is on the board when Round 3 kicks off. "His lack of experience, not his ability, could hinder him early," Brandt said when suggesting his drafting team have another option in 2014. "He only played in 28 college games with three different schools -- Rutgers, Arizona and Pittsburgh. However, you saw progress in his final season at Pitt when he threw nine interceptions but only three in the final nine games. He has a gun for an arm that was tough to show off with little talent around him. I think that Savage will be selected in the top half of the second round."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 10:44 PM

Pitt QB Tom Savage went at the top of the second round, No. 33 overall, to the Texans in ESPN analyst Todd McShay's newest mock draft.

McShay slotted South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney to Houston at No. 1, a scenario that would scream for a QB at the top of the second. Enter Savage, the fastest rising prospect in the draft. "This pick is made based on the premise that the Texans wouldn't need him to play right away," McShay wrote. "Savage has very good arm strength, but Bill O'Brien would need to work with him on getting the ball out quicker and improving his footwork."
Apr 10 - 9:23 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell said "one can make the argument" that Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald is a Bengals DT Geno Atkins "light type player."

Cosell is starting to use courtroom diction on us. "Teams that are true 3-4s probably don't see a place for Aaron Donald because he's a 4-3, 3-technique DT, he's a penetrator, he's a terrific pass rusher from that position, that's what he is," Cosell said. Donald won't fall below the Bears at the No. 14 slot.
Apr 10 - 6:18 PM


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