NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans finally added a QB, living up to the promise of head coach Bill O’Brien, in the NFL Draft. With the 135th overall pick the Texans took Tom Savage, QB from Pitt.
Savage played for three different colleges, but finally got his break at Pitt this past season.
A three-star recruit, Savage had dozens of scholarship offers out of high school, ultimately choosing Rutgers over Pittsburgh, Louisville and Georgia.
He earned the starting job as a true freshman in 2009 and found moderate success, leading Rutgers to a 9-win season. Savage started four games in 2010, but suffered a hand injury and lost his starting job while he was on the mend, deciding to leave the school and transfer. He later admitted he was a “bitter” kid and should have stayed at Rutgers.
Savage ended up at Arizona, sitting out the 2011 season, but when Rich Rodriguez and his spread offensive attack came to town, Savage decided to transfer again. Savage wished to return to Rutgers, but was blocked and enrolled at Pittsburgh, sitting out the 2012 season due to transfer rules.
He started every game in 2013 as a senior captain and produced quality numbers with 61.2 percent completions and a 21-9 TD-INT ratio.
Savage is in the mold of strong-armed old school style passers like Drew Bledsoe with a pro-style skill-set and experience. He has plus arm strength, but is too confident in his arm and will force throws and test small windows often.
Savage certainly has his share of bad game tape with streaky accuracy and poor decisions, but the NFL size and arm strength will earn him a shot – worth a late-round pick, but could surprise in the top 50 picks as he continued to rise on draft boards throughout the spring.