Phil Savage, one of the NFLĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s top football personnel experts, was named the teamĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s director of player personnel last February and is in his 13th year with Art ModellĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s franchise. As player personnel
director, Savage works with GM Ozzie Newsome to oversee both the college and pro scouting departments. Continuing to scout collegiate players around the country, Phil is now more involved in the day-today operations of the team. In the last few years, Savage has negotiated later-round draft pick contracts, working with Pat Moriarty and the playersĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ agents. Last April, Baltimore received outstanding grades across the board for its 2003 NFL Draft. Savage and the scouting department, under the direction of Ozzie Newsome, selected 11 players in the NFL Draft. LB Terrell Suggs (Arizona State) was the 10th overall selection and QB Kyle Boller (California) was the 19th overall pick. Savage and the Ravens made a draft-day trade with New England for BaltimoreĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s second-round pick this year (2003) and its 1st-round pick in 2004 for Boller. In the third round, Baltimore selected RB Musa Smith (Georgia) at 77th overall, who the Ravens had as one of their top-rated backs. Smith was followed by DE Jarret Johnson (Alabama) and FB Ovie Mughelli (Wake Forest), both in the fourth round. DT Aubrayo Franklin (Tennessee) and OT Tony Pashos (Illinois) were BaltimoreĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s two 5th-round picks and S Gerome Sapp (Notre Dame) was selected in the sixth round. The Ravens drafted their final 3 in the 7th round: TE Trent Smith (Oklahoma), C/G Mike Mabry (Central Florida) and S Antwoine Sanders (Utah).
Since 1996, the Ravens have drafted Pro Bowlers OT Jonathan Ogden (D1a, 1996), LB Ray Lewis (D1b, 1996), WR/PR Jermaine Lewis (D5, 1996), LB Peter Boulware (D1, 1997), and TE Todd
Heap (D1, 2001). Other major contributors include LB Jamie Sharper (D2a, 1997), CB Duane Starks (D1, 1998), CB Chris McAlister (D1, 1999), OL Edwin Mulitalo (D4b, 1999), RB Jamal Lewis (D1a, 2000), WR Travis Taylor (D1b, 2000), QB Chris Redman (D3, 2000), LB Adalius Thomas (D6, 2000), LB Edgerton Hartwell (D4, 2001), S Ed Reed (D1, 2002), and DE Tony Weaver (D2, 2002).
In a survey conducted by The Dallas Morning News in 2000, the RavensĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ drafts over the 4-year span
from 1996-1999 produced more Pro Bowlers (4) and a higher percentage of starters (38.5%) than
any other NFL team. The survey also concluded that the Ravens had the highest percentage of drafted
players still on the team at the time (69.2%). The survey included the years 1996-99, a period of
time that Phil served as director of college scouting.
Phil joined the Cleveland Browns in Ă˘â‚¬â„˘91, after a month-long stint as tight ends/running backs coach
for the San Antonio Riders of the World League (coached by former Chargers head coach and current
Oregon State head coach Mike Riley). His first 3 years with the BrownsĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ coaching staff were
spent as an assistant to former defensive coordinator Nick Saban (now head coach at LSU). The following
year, Phil took on added duties in the personnel area when he began scouting college players,
while continuing to break down coaching film and compiling scouting reports on upcoming
Savage, 38, launched his coaching career at the age of 21, when he served as a graduate assistant at Alabama under
Bill Curry (current ESPN analyst) in 1987.
From 1988-89, he coached the TEs, including
now-r e t i r e d Giant Howard Cross. In 1990, Savage followed Alabama offensive coordinator Homer Smith to UCLA, where he coached TEs, analyzed opponent game video and helped with
administrative duties for the BruinsĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ offense. Savage worked under then-Bruins head coach and current 49ers general manager
Terry Donahue. Last summer, Phil held his 13th annual football
skills camp for high school players in his hometown of Mobile, AL, where Murphy H.S. (his alma mater) is located. Three of PhilĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s graduates are current NFLers: DT Eddie Freeman (UAB), drafted by the Chiefs (D2, Ă˘â‚¬Ëś02), QB Tee Martin (Tennessee), drafted by the Steelers (D5, Ă˘â‚¬Ëś00) and DL Leonardo Carson (Auburn), drafted by the Chargers (D4, Ă˘â‚¬Ëś00). During the 2001 offseason, Phil teamed with his brother, Joe, and traveled with 5 Ravens coaches, players and 2 scouts to Cancun, Mexico, for a combined football camp and mission with the Ninos Mexicanos football players.
Since 1996, 45 of the RavensĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ 53 draft picks (84.9%) have made opening-day rosters.