2013 NFL Draft: Matt Scott Scouting Report
Player: Matt Scott
Matt Scott was a high school All-American from California before going to Tucson, accumulating more than 3,500 yards of offense and 30 touchdowns as a senior. He played as true freshman under former UA head coach Mike Stoops. In 2011, Scott opted to take a healthy redshirt so that Nick Foles (current NFL QB/Eagles) could start. Scott’s gamble may have paid off, as he soared in new UA head coach Rich Rodriguez spread attack offense. In 2012, Matt Scott completed 301 of 499 passes (60.3 percent), threw 27 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He added 506 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Strong throwing arm and a distinctively quick-flick release motion. Above average accuracy and good pocket awareness. Possess uncanny ability to sidestep pass rushers. Decent straight line speed and athleticism helps him escape the pocket and pick up rushing yardage during plays when passing options breakdown.
Lean build may question his ability to sustain hits and stay healthy. Operated mostly out of the shotgun this past season. Confidence in arm strength causes him to force throws into tight coverage.
On film, Scott never looked rattled in the pocket. He was hurried often by would-be pass rushers due to the lack of offensive line talent. Scott’s long speed and short area quickness was validated at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. At the combine, Scott consistently ran in the 4.6s and posted an exceptional 3.99 in the short shuttle. NFL coaches and scouts also raved about his arm strength and pin point accuracy during the passing drills. In interviews, Scott comes off as a leader and quality person. He has several “private workouts on tap”. The “buzz is in the building”. When it’s all said in done, Scott could be a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick.
Draft Range: Mid-Round Pick
Interested Teams: Jets, Bills, Chiefs
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