Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
In what has turned out to be a deep safety class, Maryland prospect Darnell Savage has put himself firmly in the mix to be a day-two pick and may end up in the top-50. The Buccaneers have met with him and hope to see him drop to the 70th pick in the draft. If Savage does drop to that point, it would be a home run selection by Licht to take him in the third round.
While Savage is a bit undersized at 5’10½ and just under 200 pounds, he put together a great combine which forced scouts to go back, watch his film, and realize he is a dynamic safety. At the combine, Savage ran a blazing 4.36 40 yard dash, hit nearly 40 inches on his vertical, over 10 feet on his broad jump, and nearly hit the seven seconds flat mark on his 3-cone drill.
It just so happens the safety position is more than likely the weakest and most exploitable hole on the Buccaneers’ roster. Adding Savage would give Tampa Bay day-one competition for M.J. Stewart, Justin Evans, Jordan Whitehead, and Kentrell Brice; it would be safe not to bet against Savage to win one of the starting jobs in the third level of the defense as well.