The Oakland Raiders are doing homework on the top passers in the 2014 NFL Draft. The latest is Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage. The Raiders have looked at the top notch prospects like Johnny Manziel. Black Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater. They also had a meeting with Zach Mettenberger and now Savage.
Savage has been a fast rising prospect since the draft process has begun. The 6'4", 230 pound signal caller possesses the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback. He has a very strong arm which will suit him well at the next level. Savage started all 13 games for the Panthers in 2013; the one season he was there. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also showed off some running strength with three more touchdowns on the ground, but is a pocket passer not a runner.
Some of the concern with Savage is he transferred multiple times in his college career. He started at Rutgers, then went to Arizona, before landing at Pitt. Because of all that moving around, Savage has only played the 13 games at Pitt since 2010, which is a small sample size. He has inconsistent accuracy at times and has some pocket awareness issues. He relies on that arm strength, forcing throws.
The Raiders have made it pretty clear that they want to take a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. They have been very involved in evaluating these passers. It appears they will look at value in drafting the signal callers. They have looked at quarterbacks in the top 10 as well as mid-round players. When they find the right combination of talent and value, they will pull the trigger on a quarterback to learn and compete behind Matt Schaub.
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