They must have been enamored with his speed. They've got a slower safety in Amos and they must have felt they needed a guy who could play centerfield. I think they'll probably be able to play him in the slot and at free safety. I don't know if he can be effective near the line of scrimmage.
That's the million dollar question.
They have to get a tackle or guard. That's paramount. And they have to get a tight end. Second round pick tomorrow will be really interesting.
Man, Tytus Howard, a tackle the Packers had in for a visit just got picked at No. 23 by Houston. Dillard went off the board a pick earlier.
The difference between the No. 30 and No. 21 picks is 64.51 points. Gutekunst gave up an additional 50.55 points to move up to No. 21.
They don't have much capital after trading away those fourths.
Actually, they got a deal based on the numbers.
On journey: There's been so much adversity I've been through in my life and each one made me get stronger. I'm an extremely positive person, extremely upbeat.
On contact with Packers: Really there wasn't much contact. I was aware they were at practice a lot, hanging around the building. I knew there was some interest. But I was happy to go to any team.
On his game: I feel I'm extremely versatile, feel I bring a play-making to the field. I feel like I'm always around the ball.
On being a starter: Honestly, I do.
Savage: I've always had a chip on my shoulder, not big enough for this or for that. I had that chip when I played.
Savage said he can play corner, safety, nickel whatever the defense needs. Said he started out as a cornerback, but coaches thought he was smart enough to play safety and moved him there as a sophomore. Said he lined up in the slot a lot.
Said he ran a lot of different defenses, sometimes was in the deep middle and sometimes was near the line of scrimmage. Said he also played Cover 2.
He's a safety. But Pettine likes his safeties to be able to cover, so there will be times, he's deep with Amos up at the line of scrimmage and times he's in the slot and Amos is deep.
I think 3-7 is when teams draft more for need and they may have some specific players they're targeting. It sounds like they were really interested in Savage for a long time, however. I think last year when they moved up to take Alexander, they were interested in a couple of players. Here I htink they targeted Savage. But I'll ask Gutekunst about that.