Chicago Bears Draft: Top options at safety for each round

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Round 3 Favorite: Darnell Savage, Maryland

One of my favorite players in the draft could end up sliding to the third round, truthfully just based off how much talent is ahead of him. Darnell Savage is one of the more exciting, nasty safeties this class has to offer.

If anything, Savage is one of the most gifted athletes in all of the draft. He ran his 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.36 seconds at the Combine while posting a 39.5 inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 126.0 inches. He’s a flat out athlete, period.

One of the things you saw Adrian Amos struggle with is getting beat over the top, and that was mostly due to the fact he didn’t have the smoothest hips or the flat-out speed to make up ground.

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That’s not Savage. He’s fast enough to catch up on routes while being smart enough to read routes as they unfold. His hip movement is much more fluid than that of Amos.

In the run game, he’s always seeking the football. Regardless of how you think he should get to the ball carrier, his way is to go straight ahead and through anybody in his way. He’s shown great awareness when coming up in run support, knowing which gaps to fill.

Each of the last two seasons at Maryland, Savage has returned an interception for a touchdown, proving to be a ball hawk wanting to make a big play. He would be a significant pick in the third round, should he fall.