Dantrell Savage Scouting Report
|School:||Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|Height & Weight:||5'8 - 187 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Dantrell Savage, RB, Oklahoma State
There are a ton of positives about Savage, both from his numbers and from his skill set. Savage spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC and broke the school's rushing record as a sophomore, before running for 820 yards and eight scores in his first year at OSU in 2006. This year, despite missing two games early in the season due to an injury suffered in the season opener against Georgia, Savage ran for 1,172 yards and eight scores and added two receiving touchdowns in the regular season (earning himself All-Big 12 first team honors). Running for 100 yards against all of your conference opponents is no small feat, especially against the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and Kansas. It is also worth noting that he has 14 100+ yard games over the last two seasons, despite having to share carries with various ball-carriers -- including running backs Keith Toston, Mike Hamilton, Kendall Hunter, and QBs Zac Robinson and Bobby Reid. While he didn't show it as much as he did last season, Savage does have the speed (and then some) to take it a long way, but one thing he did show is his versatility, as he caught 25 passes as opposed to eight as a junior. Along with his blazing speed, Savage has the moves to go with it; as he can cut, spin, or juke his way past you if he doesn't just run right by you. The only knock on him, obviously, is his size. It would be nice to see him bulk up a little (without losing any of the speed) just to make himself more durable and help himself be able to be a north and south guy, instead of east and west and not shy away from contact, as he has been prone to do at times. If he wants to be in the game on most downs, he'll have to have some extra muscle to hold up as a blocker and not be a liability in that respect. But, by carrying the ball 25 (twice) and 28 times (once) this season, he's shown that he can be effective as a workhorse. By his consistent per carry numbers (nothing lower than 4.4 in a game this year), he has shown that he can be counted on to get at least a few yards a pop when the ball is in his hands. He is being projected as a third or fourth-round pick, though with his upside, someone could take a flyer on him earlier. Whether or not he's feature back material will be found out soon enough, but he could certainly be one of those guys that is a threat to make a big impact anytime he's in the game, whether it be for five touches or 15. Update (1/4/08): Savage capped his senior season off by running for 100 yards or more in the 10th straight game, as he totaled exactly 100 and scored a touchdown on 23 carries in OSU's 49-33 win over Indiana in Monday's Insight Bowl. Savage also caught two passes for one yard in the victory. He finishes his season with 1,272 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, with another 259 yards and two touchdowns coming on 27 catches. His 100-yard game against Indiana also put him over the 2,000 yard mark for his Oklahoma State career, as he finishes with 2,092 yards in his two years in Stillwater. Update (3/12/08): At last month's combine, Savage's best 40-yard dash time was in the low 4.5 range (a little slower than expected, given that he's been timed in the 4.4s). So, Savage went out at Oklahoma State's Pro Day on Wednesday and ran a time of 4.4 even, which no doubt helped his stock with nearly two dozen scouts in attendance (many of them likely there to see teammate Adarius Bowman) at OSU's Boone Pickens Stadium. Savage could go as high as early in the second day, but he could also fall into the later rounds.
Last Updated Mar-12-2008 by Joel Welser
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