Daniel jeremiah, and now Gil Brandt (both of whom worked for NFL teams and know the real process) have both talked about how players like Savage gain momentum and buzz and then rise 3 or 4 rounds in the draft process.....long after the college season is over. So this nonsense that players are not rising and falling during March and April just simply isn't true. Look no further than Mike Mamula for proof. Given a 4th round grade by the NFL advisory board, he then put on an athletic display at the combine and vaulted past highly-touted Warren Sapp to be picked 7th overall!!! Even though initial evaluations said 4th round.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote "I'm taking" Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "and I'm taking him in the second round because he likely won't be there in the third."
The long-time Cowboys' executive speaks from experience in this example of how a player can jump up a round or two. And, at this point, it would almost be an upset if Savage is on the board when Round 3 kicks off. "His lack of experience, not his ability, could hinder him early," Brandt said when suggesting his drafting team have another option in 2014. "He only played in 28 college games with three different schools -- Rutgers, Arizona and Pittsburgh. However, you saw progress in his final season at Pitt when he threw nine interceptions but only three in the final nine games. He has a gun for an arm that was tough to show off with little talent around him. I think that Savage will be selected in the top half of the second round."