If the Jaguars chose to pass on a signal caller in the first round, could the fast-rising Tom Savage be an option for our up-and-coming team?
I'm sure most of you agree that the extra two weeks of pre-draft hype is nonsense and have grown pretty tired of all the mocks and analysis. I decided I wasn't going to do anymore drafts because I've just lost interest in the constant guessing and dreaming.
Believe it or not, there is a new quarterback who has only recently been talked about who could possibly be an option for the Jaguars under center in the upcoming draft. That man? Pittsburgh's Tom Savage.
In recents weeks, the talking heads at multiple outlets have started to target Savage as an "under the radar" pick due to his prototypical size and arm. He continued to gain momentum the past few weeks and my curiosity led me to watch a little film and learn more about him.
Savage has an interesting college story to say the least. He started as a freshman at Rutgers and threw for 14 touchdowns while leading the Scarlet Knights to a 9-4 record. He lost the starting job the next year after an injury caused him to miss games and decided to leave Rutgers after the season. He transferred to Arizona, but never played a down for the Wildcats, deciding to leave after Rich Rodriguez was hired. A hop, skip, and a jump later he is the starting quarterback for the Pitt Panthers. He threw for 21 touchdowns and just under 3,000 yards this past Fall.
After watching film on this guy, I have to say I am intrigued with this guy's play. He has a strong arm and above average pocket awareness. He has nice touch on shorter throws and can avoid sacks despite lacking elite athleticism. Playing for a sub-par team with a hideous offensive line, consistency was a problem due to the consistent pressure and lack of offensive weapons. Savage has limited mobility and can struggle with accuracy at times, but he shows the flashes of potential that could produce a good Quarterback given the time to develop.
Since Gus and Dave have continued to say they will not rush a rookie signal caller into action before he is ready, I think Savage could be a possible mid-round pick who could pay dividends for the Jags. Comparing him to other QB's expected to go in the middle rounds, I see more upside and prototypical NFL qualities.