Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage Talks NFL Draft Prospects
Mac Attack 1/29/12: Former NFL GM turned Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage joined Mac and Jim to recap the Senior Bowl and for his early take on the 2013 NFL Draft
Savage thinks that the new Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman “has been at a very solid organization.” He is personnel driven and “works hand in hand with the head coach” says Savage.
“[Gettleman is] doing his job and not worrying about getting his name out there. He’s never been considered what people call a climber. He’s always been considered a worker.”
Savage says that he has a great reputation even if people don’t know him well outside of the league.
With all of the college players coming to Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl, his thought is that the players helped themselves not by bettering their performance but getting acquainted with all 32 NFL teams and prepping for the NFL Combine.
NC State quarterback Mike Glennon was able to “flash” some abilities that could help him in the stock of quarterbacks, but his preparations will help him hopefully emerge higher. According to Savage, quarterbacks Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, E.J. Manuel of Florida State, and Glennon might be Round One or Two picks.
The Carolina Panthers will have the #14 pick in the first round of the draft, but Savage doesn’t know much about who the Panthers will pick. He did say that Offensive Tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Lane Johnson of Oklahoma played the best in the Senior Bowl and will be good First Round picks for any team.
Listen to the full interview to hear more about E.J. Manuel being a starting quarterback in the NFL.