GREEN BAY — Brian Gutekunst didn’t think the safety he liked best in the 2019 NFL Draft — Maryland’s Darnell Savage — was going to last until the 30th overall pick. So the Green Bay Packers' second-year general manager did something about it.
Gutekunst sent both of the Packers’ two fourth-round picks — Nos. 114 and 118 — to the Seattle Seahawks to move up nine spots from No. 30 to No. 21 to take Savage, his second defensive pick in the span of nine selections. The Packers took Michigan defensive end/edge rusher Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick.
Before the draft, Gutekunst had said that his defensive free-agent additions in March — outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos — wouldn’t preclude him from taking players at those positions in the draft. As it turned out, his first two picks were spent on those exact positions.
The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Savage, who turns 22 in July, was a three-year starter at Maryland and ran a blazing 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.
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1. Arizona (3-13)
Kyler Murray, QB, 5-10, 205, Oklahoma
Strengths: Athletic with a strong arm, nice touch and solid accuracy.
Weaknesses: Kyler Murray is small. You might have heard.
Fact: First player taken in the first rounds of both the NFL and MLB drafts. Follows former teammate Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 overall choice, making Oklahoma the first school since Southern California in 1968-69 to produce the top pick in back-to-back years.
2. San Francisco (4-12)
Nick Bosa, DE, 6-4, 266 pounds, Ohio State
Strengths: Quick off the edge and relentless, just like his brother, Chargers star Joey Bosa.
Weaknesses: Maybe some durability concerns because last year's season-ending injury cut short the one season in which Bosa would have gotten a large volume of snaps.
Fact: He's Ohio State's highest draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to the St. Louis Rams in 1997.
3. New York Jets (4-12)
Quinnen Williams, DL, 6-6, 303, Alabama
Strengths: Nearly unblockable last season with a combination of quickness, power and strong hands.
Weaknesses: Could nitpick about his weight as he might be more comfortable playing in the 290s. That's about it.
Fact: One-year starter who made a case as the best player in college football in 2018 and now the highest-drafted Alabama defensive player since Cornelius Bennett in 1987.
4. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Clelin Ferrell, DE, 6-4, 264, Clemson
Strengths: Solid in most areas and good at getting off blocks to finish plays.
Weaknesses: Sort of the opposite of Rashan Gary; not quite the athlete but plenty of production.
Fact: All-American last season with 21 sacks in his final two years.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
Devin White, LB, 6-0, 237, LSU
Strengths: Covers lots of ground and crushes ball carriers when he arrives.
Weaknesses: Can get out of position. More fast than instinctual.
Fact: Butkus Award winner as nation's best linebacker in 2018 led the SEC with 123 tackles.
6. New York Giants (5-11)
Daniel Jones, QB, 6-5, 231, Duke
Strengths: Combo of size and athleticism is top level.
Weaknesses: Decision-making was often questionable and release needs to be sped up.
Fact: Three years as a starter under coach David Cutcliffe, aka the guy who coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Josh Allen, DE, 6-5, 262, Kentucky
Strengths: Size, speed, athleticism are all ideal. Even some room to add a few pounds if necessary.
Weaknesses: Some technique could use polishing, but not much to complain about.
Fact: Won Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy as top defensive player in college football last season.
8. Detroit Lions (6-10)
T.J. Hockenson, TE, 6-5, 251, Iowa
Strengths: Best combination of athleticism, receiving skills and blocking in the class.
Weaknesses: Needs to fill out and become a more reliable blocker to reach star status.
Fact: John Mackey Award winner as nation's best tight end last year.
9. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Ed Oliver, DT, 6-2, 287, Houston
Strengths: Lateral quickness, burst and ability to finish plays like a linebacker.
Weaknesses: Short and was allowed to roam and slant in college.
Fact: Knee problem cut junior season short, but won Outland Trophy as nation's top lineman as sophomore.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6)
Devin Bush, LB, 5-11, 234, Michigan
Strengths: Fast and reliable in pass coverage.
Weaknesses: Undersized, with a frame that might be maxed out, unlike Devin White.
Fact: Led Michigan in tackles the past two seasons.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Jonah Williams, OT, 6-4, 302, Alabama
Strengths: Sound technician and good athlete.
Weaknesses: Shorter than ideal arms and relatively small frame for tackle could necessitate move to guard.
Fact: Three-year starter who moved to left tackle as a sophomore and was an All-American as a junior.
12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
Rashan Gary, DE, 6-4, 277, Michigan
Strengths: Top-flight athlete with good power, long arms and sturdy against the run.
Weaknesses: Pass-rush production was spotty. Had 10½ sacks in three seasons, though was often used to tie up blockers.
Fact: Consensus No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school in 2016.
13. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Christian Wilkins, DT, 6-3, 315, Clemson
Strengths: Team leader, with position versatility and good athleticism.
Weaknesses: Length and point-of-attack strength are less-than-ideal.
Fact: First Clemson scholarship football player to earn a degree in 2½ years.
14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Chris Lindstrom, OG, 6-4, 308, Boston College
Strengths: Good bloodlines. Father Chris Lindstrom Sr. is in the BC Hall of Fame and played three years in the NFL. Uncle and brother also played at BC.
Weaknesses: Needs to work on screen blocking.
Fact: He joins a Falcons offensive line that needs help after giving up 108 quarterback hits and was 31st in runs for no gain or losses.
15. Washington Redskins (7-9)
Dwayne Haskins, QB, 6-3, 230, Ohio State
Strengths: Big guy with a big arm who commands his offense.
Weaknesses: Heavy-footed and prone to fall back against pressure. Only 14 career starts.
Fact: Led the nation with 4,831 yards passing and 50 touchdowns last season.
16. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
Brian Burns, DE, 6-5, 249, Florida State
Strengths: Super quick and agile.
Weaknesses: Light, with thin frame. Could be more of a third-down pass rusher than every-down player.
Fact: Seven forced fumbles and three blocked kicks in his three-year career.
17. New York Giants (5-11)
Dexter Lawrence, DT, 6-4, 342, Clemson
Strengths: Massive, but pretty light on his feet.
Weaknesses: Limited pass-rush potential, could slow him in pass-happy NFL.
Fact: Suspended for last season's College Football Playoff for failing an NCAA test for performance-enhancing drugs. Has said he had no idea why he failed the test.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, C, 6-3, 306, North Carolina State
Strengths: Strong, lean and instinctive.
Weaknesses: Better in pass protection than drive blocking for the run.
Fact: High school tight end who developed into All-America center.
19. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Jeffery Simmons, DT, 6-4, 301, Mississippi State
Strengths: Big, perfectly proportioned athlete who consistently produces.
Weaknesses: Tore a ligament in his left knee in pre-draft workouts.
Fact: Was involved in a fight with a woman, whom he punched several times, while still in high school. Pleaded no contest to simple assault charge.
20. Denver Broncos (6-10)
Noah Fant, TE, 6-4, 249, Iowa
Strengths: Speed and athleticism aplenty.
Weaknesses: Might be more of a slot receiver, motion-type tight end.
Fact: Fant was the hyped Iowa tight end going into last season, but T.J. Hockenson's emergence probably held down some of his production. Fant had 39 catches for 519 yards and seven touchdowns.
21. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
Darnell Savage, S, 5-11, 198, Maryland
Strengths: Playmaking ability and athleticism.
Weaknesses: Not ideal size for a safety and he needs to polish his open-field tackling.
Fact: Ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and moved up draft boards after that.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Andre Dillard, OT, 6-5, 315, Washington State
Strengths: Excellent athleticism and carries his weight comfortably.
Weaknesses: Needs to show more power as a run blocker.
Fact: Former two-star recruit who redshirted as a freshman and became a three-year starter at tackle.
23. Houston Texas (11-5)
Tytus Howard, OT, 6-5, 322, Alabama State
Strengths: Athletic and hard-working, he transitioned from playing quarterback in high school and gained 87 pounds and grew 2 inches in college.
Weaknesses: Raw physically and needs to raise his offensive line play IQ.
Fact: First Alabama State player to go in the first round.
24. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Josh Jacobs, RB, 5-10, 220, Alabama
Strengths: Bursts through holes and knocks tacklers back. Complete back who can block and catch.
Weaknesses: Will need to be better at avoiding contact at the next level.
Fact: Thanks to Alabama's wealth of talent, Jacobs left college with only 299 touches from scrimmage.
25. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Marquise Brown, WR, 5-9, 166, Oklahoma
Strengths: Explosive speed and elusiveness.
Weaknesses: Skinny and short.
Fact: Cousin of Antonio Brown is nicknamed "Hollywood" for his Florida hometown and star qualities.
26. Washington Redskins (7-9)
Montez Sweat, DE, 6-6, 260, Mississippi State
Strengths: Among freaky athletes, Sweat might be the freakiest with his 4.4 speed.
Weaknesses: A little top heavy means he needs to upgrade against the run.
Fact: Two-time first-team all-Southeastern Conference and second-team All-American last season.
27. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Johnathan Abram, S, 5-11, 205, Mississippi State
Strengths: Tough against the run.
Weaknesses: Could be limited to playing close to the line of scrimmage.
Fact: Mississippi high school product who signed with Georgia originally, but transferred to the Bulldogs after a stop in junior college.
28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)
Jerry Tillery, DT, 6-6, 295, Notre Dame
Strengths: Long, quick and agile pass rusher.
Weaknesses: Plays tall and inconsistent against the run.
Fact: Was suspended for bowl game as a freshman and was caught on camera kicking a USC player as a sophomore, but seemed to mature as an upperclassman.
29. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
L.J. Collier, DE, 6-2, 283, TCU
Strengths: Excellent size and aggressiveness.
Weaknesses: Lacks explosiveness.
Fact: Did not get much recruiting attention coming out of high school and didn't start until his senior season at TCU.
30. New York Giants (5-11)
Deandre Baker, 5-11, 193, Georgia
Strengths: Steady, tough and disruptive.
Weaknesses: On the small side and left some potential turnovers on the field.
Fact: Jim Thorpe Award winner as nation's best defensive back last year.
31. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Kaleb Mcgary, OT, 6-7, 317, Washington
Strengths: Remarkable and agility and size.
Weaknesses: He could struggle against edge rushers because of mediocre footwork.
Fact: He and his family have battled illnesses, his family lost its farm when he was in high school and a fire burned down their home, according to his draft profile on NFL.com.
32. New England Patriots (11-5)
N'Keal Harry, WR, 6-2, 228, Arizona State
Strengths: Physical route runner, great hands.
Weaknesses: Change of direction.
Fact: Born on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and moved to Arizona with his grandmother.
Player bios by The Associated Press.
He started his college career at cornerback but moved to safety after his freshman year, going on to start all 12 games each of his final three seasons for the Terrapins, registering eight interceptions and 22 pass break-ups.
Savage said at the combine in Indianapolis in February that he enjoyed watching Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson, who was paired with Amos last season in Chicago.
Speaking on a conference call with Wisconsin reporters after the pick, Savage said he also watched Amos when tuning in to Bears games.
"Hopefully we can build something special in Green Bay,” Savage said. Asked if he expects to start as a rookie, Savage said he does.
“A confident person would say that,” Savage said. “But at the end of the day, whatever role I'm assigned to, whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to do it at the highest level."
Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin. Listen to him with former Packers and Badgers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher weekdays from 9-11 on “Wilde & Tausch” on your local ESPN station.