Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Round 2, Pick 53
Nothing changed here. Last week, we mocked Darnell Savage to the Eagles with the first, second-round pick and we will stick by that selection. The Eagles don’t have an immediate need for safety, but they could have one as early as next year. With Rodney McLeod approaching a contract season, and Malcolm Jenkins aging, it should be time for the Eagles to start looking towards the future and finding younger replacements.
Bringing in a safety now could help get a young guy developed by one of the better safety duo’s in the league when healthy. The Eagles still have guys like Tre Sullivan and Andrew Sendejo on board, but neither of those guys are locks to make the final 53-man roster after the summer, especially if the Eagles do end up selecting a high-profile safety early on in the draft.
Savage’s strength on defense is tackling, which happens to be a favored trait of the Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Also, he could bode well on special teams, which is always a major plus for the Eagles. Savage would be a risky pick for a team looking for an immediate need at safety. But with the Eagles, he could have time to develop and learn while getting just the right amount of snaps on gameday as a rotational piece.