The Houston Texans could have reached for a quarterback in this year’s draft, and nobody would have blamed them. That is what made the selection for Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage in the fourth round (135th overall) so impressive on Saturday.
Houston had quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates on its roster prior to the draft. Some NFL observers believed Houston needed to select a quarterback in the first or second round. The Texans ignored those opinions and drafted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, respectively.
Arizona selected quarterback Logan Thomas, an unproven prospect, earlier in the fourth round, while Houston waited. Savage was taken 15 picks later.
It is possible Savage (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) could become the steal of this year’s draft.
Savage began his college career at Rutgers before transferring to Arizona to play for coach Mike Stoops. After Stoops was fired, Savage tried to transfer back to Rutgers, but his hardship was denied by the NCAA. He eventually landed at Pittsburgh.
Last season, Savage had 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games. Savage has size, a strong arm and experience in a pro-style offense.
Savage will have to beat out Fitzpatrick to start this season. Fitzpatrick signed a two-year deal with Houston this offseason, and he will either serve as Savage’s mentor or a short-term solution at quarterback.
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