My two cents: Size trumps all to those ranking potential NFL draftees

2014-04-27T00:00:00Z My two cents: Size trumps all to those ranking potential NFL draftees Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2014 12:00 am

After Arizona’s 2011 season, Tom Savage was expected to be battling B.J. Denker for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Matt Scott.

Savage, who had transferred from Rutgers, didn’t like the odds. He transferred to Pitt.

Last year, Savage and Denker both completed exactly 61.2 percent of their passes. Their numbers were almost identical: Denker was 233 of 381 for 16 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Savage was 238 of 389 for 21 TDs and nine interceptions.

The big difference: Denker ran for 949 yards. Savage, who has no mobility, lost 208 yards rushing.

Yet Savage is listed as No. 62 in the NFL draft by ESPN and No. 81 by USA Today. Denker isn’t listed anywhere by anybody. But Savage is 6-5, 235 pounds, and Denker is a slim 6-2, 185. The NFL is intoxicated by size.

Ka’Deem Carey, a two-time consensus All-America running back, isn’t listed on anyone’s top 100 draft projections.

In the NFL, Savage is the better prospect even though both Denker and Carey are significantly better ballplayers.

Crazy.

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