Darnell Savage Jr.’s rise from a relatively unknown three-star high school prospect reached a once hard-to-imagine peak when the undersized but lightning-fast safety was picked in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft Thursday night.
In the 2004 and 2009 NFL drafts, Maryland had five players selected. In 2002 and 2006, three Terps were drafted by NFL teams. But in the past four drafts, only four Maryland players have been selected. In the fickle world of scouting and drafting, there can be myriad factors for the drop off: lack of talent, lack of development and, in some cases, lack of luck.
Maryland coach DJ Durkin was born on Jan. 15, 1978, which happened to be Super Bowl Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys beat Denver, 27-10, in Super Bowl XII at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., behind a staunch defensive effort. One of the most valuable players of that game? Maryland great Randy White.
As Torrey Smith spoke Friday two days after his foray into free agency ended with him signing a five-year, $40 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, there was still a tinge of disappointment, maybe even a little sadness, evident in his voice. But there was not even the slightest hint of regret.
The Ravens last Thursday couldn't cover Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Now the Ravens are preparing to face another former college basketball player turned NFL tight end, Jordan Cameron of the Browns.
The Ed Reed era is officially over in Baltimore. So let's look back at some of those memorable plays when the bearded ballhawk meandered his way toward the end zone. Sometimes he got there. Other times he pitched to a teammate or to the turf. But some of his returns were among the most thrilling plays in Ravens history.