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Tom Savage, QB

School: Pittsburgh  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Springfield, PA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 228 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.972.821.73- 278'9"4.367.33

Player Overview

A three-star recruit, Savage had dozens of scholarship offers out of high school, ultimately choosing Rutgers over Pittsburgh, Louisville and Georgia.

He earned the starting job as a true freshman in 2009 and found moderate success, leading Rutgers to a 9-win season. Savage started four games in 2010, but suffered a hand injury and lost his starting job while he was on the mend, deciding to leave the school and transfer. He later admitted he was a "bitter" kid and should have stayed at Rutgers.

Savage ended up at Arizona, sitting out the 2011 season, but when Rich Rodriguez and his spread offensive attack came to town, Savage decided to transfer again. Savage wished to return to Rutgers, but was blocked and enrolled at Pittsburgh, sitting out the 2012 season due to transfer rules.

He started every game in 2013 as a senior captain and produced quality numbers with 61.2 percent completions and a 21-9 TD-INT ratio.

Savage is in the mold of strong-armed old school style passers like Drew Bledsoe with a pro-style skill-set and experience. He has plus arm strength, but is too confident in his arm and will force throws and test small windows often.

Savage certainly has his share of bad game tape with streaky accuracy and poor decisions, but the NFL size and arm strength will earn him a shot - worth a late-round pick, but could surprise in the top 50 picks as he continued to rise on draft boards throughout the spring.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad shoulders and filled-out frame. Passes the eye test with NFL size. Above average arm strength and velocity on throws to all levels of the field with a clean spiral.

Prototypical delivery and throwing technique with balanced footwork in his set-up and release. Poised and comfortable in the pocket to survey and deliver. Fearless in the pocket to step into the face of pressure and find his man.

Tough as nails and durable, brushing off contact and playing through pain. Intelligent, mature and grounded with good leadership traits. Well-traveled and experienced. Productive senior season as a team captain, finishing with 61.2 percent completions and 24 total touchdowns (21 passing, 3 rushing).

WEAKNESSES: Some mobility, but sluggish in the pocket with stone feet and struggles with pressure, both locating and evading. Accuracy and ball placement is very streaky with poor timing.

Too many poor decisions as a passer, forcing throws and staring down coverage. Leads defenders to his intended target. Questionable vision and eye use. Needs to develop his anticipation to grip it and rip it. Struggles to identify blitzes and consistently read defenses.

Lacks ideal on-field experience for a 24-year-old prospect. Decided to leave two different programs (Rutgers, Arizona) and his commitment and mental toughness will be questioned.

Had some minor injuries this past year and missed some playing time with a mild concussion (Sept. 2013) and rib injury (Dec. 2013).

--Dane Brugler

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: HOUSTON TEXANS: Round 4/135 -- Tom Savage, QB, 6-4, 235, Pittsburgh...The well-traveled Savage was outstanding as a true freshman at Rutgers and exceptional as a senior at Pitt. He went 1,024 days without playing because he missed three seasons while transferring. Good size, big arm, solid mechanics. He will be coached hard and won't be rushed into the lineup. - The Sports Xchange


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