Phil Savage has been in the draft rooms of the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cleveland Browns. And the current Executive Director of the Senior Bowl has had a good look at the top prospects in tonight’s NFL draft.
Savage thinks there are a couple of under-the-radar type prospects who can spur teams to make a big move up the draft board in tonight’s first round. The former GM of the Browns made the comments Wednesday night in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.
“I think there are a number of players to keep an eye on,” Savage said. “Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, has quietly gone through this process. He’s a clean prospect. I think teams in the bottom of the first round, early second round, might be willing to make a move for him.”
“If there’s a run on these tackles in the top five, which we anticipate there will be,” Savage continued, “then D.J. Fluker from Alabama and Menelik Watson of Florida State become more coveted. I can see both of those players coming off the board maybe in the top 15, both of them.”
Last year, there were 19-trades in the first round of the draft. Savage does not necessarily think there will be that many trades this year, but he does look for some early movement in round one, as teams try to insert themselves into the top five picks.
“I do think this year we are likely to see a move into the top five,” Savage told host John Murphy. “I think we will see a move into the top ten, if one of the offensive tackles makes it to number six. But where the craziness could begin is around pick 12-or-13.”
“The Jets have the 13th pick which will be their second choice. I think from that point all the way through the end of the evening we’re going to have a ton of movement. Because I think teams are willing to do whatever it takes to go get that one particular player that they feel like they must have coming out of the first round.”
The entire interview with Phil Savage is available here.
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