Green Bay Trades Up for Savage

Packers Trade Up for Savage

MADISON, WI – OCTOBER 21: Troy Fumagalli #81 of the Wisconsin Badgers is brought down by Darnell Savage Jr. #4 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Brian Gutekunst and company followed history as they picked a second defensive player in the first round of this year’s draft.

The last time Green Bay picked twice in the opening round they selected B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. This year it’s safety Darnell Savage out of Maryland that rounds out the first night of the draft for the Packers.

Savage thrives in coverage from the slot. With 4.36 speed he can make up ground quickly and hang tight in coverage with receivers. He also has some big play capability. Of his seven interceptions at Maryland, two of them were taken back for touchdowns.

This past offseason the Packers added safety Adrian Amos in free agency, but still need more depth in the secondary after losing Kentrell Brice.

It’s the third straight year the Packers have picked a defensive back in the first two rounds of the draft (King 2017, Alexander 2018).

In exchange for the rights to the 21st pick, the Packers sent Seattle the 30th pick and both fourth round selections.

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