PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Tom Savage and wideout Devin Street likely won't be selected as high as former Pitt teammate Aaron Donald during the NFL Draft May 8-10, but they certainly should have bolstered their stock after strong performances recently at the NFL Combine.
The 6-foot-5, 229-pound Savage and the 6-4, 190-pound Street needed a solid performance the past few days because they didn't finish the season on a strong note. Street missed the majority of the final three games, while Savage was injured during Pitt's bowl game and missed the second half.
Both players had injury issues this past season, but Savage played through most of them. Street, who tallied 202 career catches to set a Pitt record, injured an elbow Nov. 23 against Syracuse. It was believed to be a bruise, but further examination revealed a hematoma.
Savage also injured his ribs against the Orange, but he returned against Miami the next week and threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Hurricanes. Savage also had a head injury earlier in the season, but didn't miss any games. That rib injury apparently was susceptible to further damage, because a hit there during the bowl game fractured his ribs and bruised a kidney. He had some internal bleeding as well, so a long rest was needed.
That meant Savage had to decline an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. He also had to miss the Senior Bowl, as he was to be an alternate. Savage took a couple weeks off before training for the NFL Combine, and it paid off. He reportedly was solid during on-field drills, displaying accuracy and a strong arm.
Savage looks forward to Pitt's pro day March 3 to display his talents even further. The same for Street, who ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump better than three feet and broad jump better than 10 feet. Those are good numbers, but he could do better during the pro day activities.
Street initially was predicted to be a mid-round selection, while Savage was said to go in the later rounds. Those odds could improve greatly with another strong performance at the pro day next week.