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With impressive senior year and NFL combine, Maryland's Darnell Savage Jr. has moved up draft boards

With impressive senior year and NFL combine, Maryland's Darnell Savage Jr. has moved up draft boards

From the earliest age, Darnell Savage Jr. has exceeded expectations.

It began when his father, Darnell Sr., helped organize a youth tackle football league in his hometown of Seaford, Del., and put his then-7-year-old son up against bigger and stronger kids a year or two older.

“He was always super athletic. He was super fast,” recalled Darnell Sr., a former offensive lineman at Delaware State. “He’s always been a chaser. He’s always had a lot of confidence in himself.”

It continued when Darnell Jr. went to play high school ball at Caravel Academy, close to the University of Delaware. By the time Savage was a sophomore, when he helped the team to a state championship,...

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