For the second-straight year, Maryland has produced a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Last year, it was wide receiver DJ Moore who was taken in the first round and this year it was defensive back Darnell Savage Jr. whose dreams came true on draft night.
Savage was selected No. 21 overall by the Green Bay Packers, a bit of a surprise to followers of the draft. The former Terrapins defensive back was thought to be a high-quality player but viewed as a late-first, early-second round prospect.
Clearly, Green Bay liked what it saw from Savage.
During his career in College Park, Savage was a do-it-all safety capable of making big-time plays when the Terps needed them. He concluded his career at Maryland with 52 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, four interceptions and one pick-six in 12 games.
Earlier this week, Mel Kiper Jr. picked Savage as a potential steal of the draft and McShay said the defensive back was always around the football.
Savage brings a high motor and a lot of skill to Green Bay. The Packers may have just gotten the steal of the first round.