7. Darnell Savage
Darnell Savage impressed in year one and made the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team. Can he now make a second-year jump that could help him become one of the best young safeties in football?
Savage had some great moments in his rookie season, including his two interceptions and two forced fumbles, but he also has a lot to improve. Tackling was a concern at times. Savage would take bad angles and miss tackles, which is an area he needs to fix. But he has star potential and will get better, so it’ll be interesting to see how much he’s improved entering year two.
More than anything, his role in Mike Pettine’s defense will be something to watch. Will it be similar to his rookie season, or will Savage play some snaps at slot cornerback?
Savage spent time in the slot at college so it’s absolutely a move that could make sense. General manager Brian Gutekunst said earlier this offseason that Savage “certainly has the skill set” to play at slot corner.
Savage is going to be a huge part of this secondary for years to come. The improvements he makes, as well as where he lines up, will be something to watch at training camp.