Player Name: Matt Scott
Queen City Sports Ranking: 10th
Two months ago I had a discussion about sleeper QB picks in the NFL draft. My selection was Matt Scott. Needless to say, Scott is no longer a sleeper.
The draft hype train picked up on Scott and now he’s being rumored as a possible third round selection. It’s a bit higher than he should be taken, but Scott has plenty of qualities that NFL teams look for when drafting a quarterback.
Scott is a dual-threat quarterback. When he first joined Arizona in 2008, Scott was placed into games to show off his running ability. He ran the ball 23 times for 188 yards in his freshman season. Scott also completed 7-of-11 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
In 2009, Scott started the season as Arizona’s quarterback. He won his first two games against Central Michigan and Northern Arizona, completing 33 of 50 passes for 352 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also completed 66.6% of his passes over the two weeks while rushing the ball 16 times for 131 yards.
Scott’s last start came the following week against Iowa where he completed four of his 14 pass attempts (28.6% completion percentage) for 50 yards and one interception. Scott also added 39 yards on the ground on seven rush attempts. He appeared in four other games, but only threw nine passes while rushing the ball 18 times for 139 yards (7.7 yards per rush).
In 2010, Scott started against Washington State, Washington and UCLA. Scott compiled a 3-0 record over the three games by completing 56 of 78 passes (71.7 completion percentage) for 691 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, Scott added 129 yards on 28 attempts. Scott played minimally in three other contests during 2010.
In 2011, Scott was redshirted so he could lead the Wildcats in 2012.
Scott’s first season as the full-time starter at Arizona led to a 8-5 season. The Wildcats QB completed 301 of 499 passes (60.3 completion percentage) for 3,620 yards. His TD/INT ratio was 27/14 and Scott rushed the ball 113 times for 506 yards and six touchdowns.
With the read-option at an all-time high in popularity, Matt Scott is choosing the right time to enter the NFL. The biggest issue that many have with Scott is his lack of time as a starter in college. It’s apparent that Scott will need some grooming and time on the bench, but if developed properly, Scott has NFL starting QB potential.
Scott has strong pocket presence, throws accurately on the run and is one of the better running QBs available in the draft.
- Good pocket presence
- Throws accurately on the run
- Quick release
- Strong runner
- Good velocity on throws
- Lack of starting experience
- Inconsistent accuracy and footwork
- Most snaps taken in shotgun
The best thing that can happen to Scott is to land with a team that has an established starter. This will give Scott time to work on improving his game. The team that drafts him could keep him around as their starter of the future or trade him off to a team that is desperate for QB help, a la Matt Flynn.
While there’s plenty to like about Scott, the 2013 NFL draft has plenty of QBs who are more seasoned and currently more NFL ready. Scott will hear his name in the middle rounds along with the Tyler Bray’s and Landry Jones’ of the draft.
Where he likely goes: Late 3rd-Early 4th
Carolina was rumored to be interested in Russell Wilson last season as Cam Newton’s backup, so I could see the Panthers selecting Scott if he’s there in the 4th round.