Cowboys Draft Target: Steve Savoy

With a pressing need for a playmaking wide receiver, several big time prospects are emerging for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. One of the players that Dallas has shown interest in to help fill this need is Utah wide receiver Steve Savoy. <BR>

Savoy (5-11, 192), a junior at Utah last season, hopes to build on his success that help transform the Utes into National Title contenders.

Last year, the speedy wide out averaged 14.3 yards on 67 receptions, 11 resulting in scores. Overall Savoy, 22, caught 107 passes for 1,624 yards and 18 touchdowns for Utah over the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Savoy also recorded 342 yards with six more scores on 27 carries (12.7 avg), 80 yards on four kickoff returns (20.0 avg) and 28 yards on five punt returns (5.6 avg).

After much deliberation, the sophomore wide out decided to join teammate Alex Smith, and enter the NFL Draft early.

Of course, Savoy's decision was helped by the fact the Utes were in the process of a coaching change when it was announced that Urban Meyer was leaving Utah to coach at Florida.

Savoy is currently ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver in the draft according to Scout.com.
"Yeah, if Alex stays, I would have been more likely to stay. Once he left, I started looking at other options," said Savoy in a recent interview. "So many things happened as far as coaches and players and stuff like that. It made me sit down and think about moving on a lot."

Savoy is currently ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver in the draft according to Scout.com.

One scout noted recently, "He doesn't have the ideal size you'd be looking for, but he's a kid that can make the tough catches going across the middle. He only played two years in college, so it's hard to predict how much he could progress at the next level."

Despite playing just two years, Savoy met the league's three-year eligibility rule and has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.

For the Cowboys, Savoy is a prospect that was scouted heavily at the Senior Bowl in late January. Several scouts from the organization interviewed him extensively after one of the practices that week.

As it stands now, the former Utah standout is currently projected to be a later round pick in the eyes of most teams. In other words, the Cowboys may be able to pick him in the fourth, fifth, or sixth rounds in April's draft.

Adds the NFL scout, "He's a smart player on film. He may not have that explosive second gear, but he gets open and has good instincts."

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