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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

Pitt QB Tom Savage is visiting the Rams on Thursday.

No quarterback has created more buzz in recent weeks than Savage. Those in favor of Savage as a second-round pick point to a terrible offensive line, while those with questions note he has poor pocket movement and inconsistent decision making. Evaluators frequently bring up Savage's big arm as the first note in their scouting reports.
Apr 10 - 12:38 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reports that Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage visited the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday.

The 6-4, 228 pound, Savage has one of the strongest arms in this year’s group of QB prospects. Rams QB coach, Frank Cignetti, has firsthand knowledge of Savage's skill set, as Cignetti was Savage's offensive coordinator at Rutgers prior to Savage transferring to Pitt. The Rams will definitely select a quarterback in this year's draft, and Savage could be on their short list during day 3 of the draft.
Apr 9 - 11:32 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "keeps coming up when I talk to decision makers," writes NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

"The Tom Savage buzz is legitimate," he wrote. ESPN's Todd McShay said on this week's "First Draft" podcast that Savage isn't getting out of Day 2 (the third round, in other words). Savage is simultaneously one the draft's most polarizing and fastest rising prospects. McShay calls him the draft's biggest QB sleeper, Smart Football's Chris Brown says he's "fool's gold for scouts," and Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes he's "one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this class." Savage's bazooka arm makes it easy to dream on him.
Apr 8 - 9:58 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said on the "First Draft" podcast that Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "could be a second-round pick" and "definitely projects as a Day 2 pick."

And just like that, a prospect once thought of as a late Day 3 selection or possibly even a UDFA has moved solidly onto the Day 2 line. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks argued on Monday that Savage should be picked no higher than Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) and enter the NFL as a No. 3 QB, but Savage has too much momentum behind him to last that long.
Apr 8 - 9:01 PM


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