Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans have drafted a quarterback, selecting Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage with the 135th overall pick, coming in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
It looks like Savage will be developing at the QB spot, as may expert analysts are saying he’s not quite ready to “start” in the NFL.
The current QBs on the Texans roster are Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick and T.J. Yates. The Texans traded longtime QB Matt Schaub this offseason to the Oakland Raiders, as Schaub and Keenum started eight games each last season.
Fitzpatrick was signed by the Texans this offseason via free agency, as he played for the Tennessee Titans in ’13.
In his most recent collegiate season, Savage passed for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. For his three-year collegiate career (two seasons at Rutgers), Savage totaled 5,690 yards with 37 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
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Here is what his NFL.com Draft Profile says:
"“Terrific size. Sets with balance. Easy, compact, high three-quarters release. Spins a catchable ball. Excellent arm strength to complete NFL throws — capable of sticking outs from the deep hash or launching balls 60 yards on the money.”"
This is a nice pick by the Texans in my book. There isn’t a lot of risk in the pick, and really has a very good shot to become the next franchise QB of the Texans.
The biggest questions for now is will the Texans be able to allow Savage to sit and develop this upcoming season?
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