Chicago Bears: 5 NFL Draft prospects to watch at Senior Bowl

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Chicago Bears, Darnell Savage Jr.
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Safety Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland

One major decision facing the Bears is whether they can re-sign safety Adrian Amos. Both Amos and cornerback Bryce Callahan are the big-time in-house free agent decisions which Pace will have to make. Chances are, they won’t be able to afford them both. If Amos leaves, safety becomes a thin position.

Darnell Savage Jr. out of Maryland is currently ranked anywhere from the sixth-best safety prospect to the early teens, depending on who you ask. A more reputable outlet, like Bleacher Report, has him at no. 9 out of his class at the moment.

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Savage has a knack for delivering bigger hits and fills in the gaps well when it comes to the run game. His speed allows him to get to the outside quickly on screens or toss plays and finish consistently. Most of the time, he’s a surefire tackler, which is something we saw escape the Bears in their two blunders last season.

One thing he’ll need to prove as a pro is being able to play single-high, where he can get caught at times. Overall, his potential as a starting safety in the NFL is certainly there. A strong showing at the Senior Bowl can only help that cause.