Green Bay Packers rookie Darnell Savage compared to former NFL star safety
There were many draft experts who really liked what the Green Bay Packers accomplished in the draft and many of those experts think their best pick was safety Darnell Savage, who was the 21st overall pick.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus did a closer breakdown of Savage’s skillset and thinks that if everything pans out he could end up a lot like Bob Sanders who was a force during the 2000s.
Is Bob Sanders v2.0 available in this year's draft class? @PFF_Sam takes a closer look at the similarities between Sanders & Maryland S Darnell Savage.https://t.co/cZgz5Qdsxa pic.twitter.com/SfwCmFrYln
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 21, 2019
Monson points out that Savage didn’t allow much of anything while he was in coverage, and also does a great job of flying to the ball, something that Sanders was most well known for.
“Over the past two years, the passer rating Savage has allowed when covering the slot is the second-best mark in the draft class. Savage is a versatile, impact safety for 2019’s NFL and just so happens to fly to the football like a guided missile on many of his plays.”
“During his time in the league, Sanders was an impact playmaker and only the fourth safety to win the award since it was instituted in 1971. His time in the league was unfortunately cut too short because of injuries, but we may very well see the next incarnation in the form of Darnell Savage Jr.”
The Packers have been missing that type of playmaker in the secondary, and the defense has been a weak spot of the team for the last couple of years. A solid secondary with a healthy Aaron Rodgers on the other side of the ball. The NFC might need to be put on notice.