Packers Morning Buzz: Darnell Savage an 'intriguing chess piece'

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with new Packers safety Darnell Savage making's list of "10 best fits between team and draft pick."

Here's what analyst Bucky Brooks says about Savage:

9) Darnell Savage, S, Green Bay Packers

Drafted 21st overall (Round 1) out of Maryland. Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has an intriguing chess piece at his disposal with Savage. The Maryland standout is a dynamic safety with the capacity to align at free safety, strong safety or nickel corner in a base or nickel defense. There are a number of high-powered offenses potentially residing in the NFC North, and the addition of Savage enables the Packers to better match up with some of the slot receivers, tight ends and running backs within the division. Better yet, he gives Green Bay a chance to dictate the terms to the offense with his versatility and overall explosiveness.

You can see Brooks' entire list here:'s Elliott Harrison presents his updated, post-draft power rankings for the 2019 season, in which the Packers are moving up to the No. 16 spot:

Previous rank: No. 17 
How good will be the Packers be in 2019? Much depends on whether or not the young receivers they drafted last year turn out, because, in a surprising development, they turned their nose up on the legion of mock drafters who thought they were in play for a wideout. Potential Game 1 starters from this year's crop of rookies: OG Elgton Jenkins (No. 44 overall), S Darnell Savage (No. 21). Not cheesy pick: TE Jace Sternberger out of Texas A&M, a third-rounder (No. 75) who was the team's fourth pick. draft expert Bucky Brooks placed Sternberger in his top five tight ends by the end of the pre-draft process (batting cleanup behind T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant and Irv Smith Jr.).

You can see Harrison's complete power rankings here:

Pete Dougherty writes that the Packers clearly are trying to get faster across the board on defense in NFL speed-and-space game:

Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski wrap up the draft in this special-edition podcast:

ICYMI, Silverstein writes on why it might make sense to move Mike Daniels in a trade:

Packers rookies get some interesting jersey assignments, with Rashan Gary inheriting Clay Matthews' No. 52 and tight end Jace Sternberger receiving Jordy Nelson's 87:

Matthews wasted no time tweeting his reaction:

Gary didn't attend the NFL draft in Nashville, but he tweeted this image of what it might've looked like on stage with Commissioner Roger Goodell:

Plenty going on with the Packers off the field as well as on. Richard Ryman will answer your Packers business questions in a live chat Tuesday at noon CDT:

Aaron Rodgers and friends are gearing up for another big Kentucky Derby weekend:

The Packers must see considerable potential in some of their undrafted free agents:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about Darnell Savage being "born ready" to play for the Packers:

And finally: We wouldn't believe you? Try us, Jimmy:

Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt



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