March 7th: Nassib & Scott Impress NFL decision makers..
The strong armed signal caller delivered upwards of 85 passes and all but seven ended up complete. Three of his throws were dropped while a few were over thrown by Scott. Initially he was slated to throw 93 passes but when receiver Dan Buckner injured his hamstring during the forty and was unable to run routes, Scott scaled back from the original plan.
Everyone we spoke to mentioned how athletic and accurate Scott was all day. He accommodated both the NFL coaches on hand as well as a few former Arizona receivers who participated in the workout with the hopes of getting another shot in the league.
Scouts we spoke with also mentioned how personable Scott was and how he comes across as a leader and quality person. The inevitable comparisons to Russell Wilson are already being made, though on film we see a bit of Colin Kaepernick in his game.
The thought process during the workout was Scott had moved himself into the third round, something we posted earlier today. When the day was done a number of coaches were of the opinion Scott could actually sneak into the late part of round two.
Interesting to hear that Scott is now looking like a round 2 or round 3 player. I think in my earliest mocks I had us taking him in round 4, but later dropped him to round 7 because it appeared I was alone in my appreciation for his skill set and untapped talent. So far I'm glad I stuck to my guns with Matt Scott.
Of course, this is a shame as a Seahawks fan, because it pretty much guarantees he won't be a Seahawk. That said, I think he deserves this and I hope he goes to a team that will actually give him a chance to compete. It's been said that Jacksonville's QB coach is extremely high on Matt Scott as a prospect. I guess we'll see where he ends up.
And FWIW, I think Scott (on our team) would more closely resemble Wilson than Kaepernick. He can check through 3+ reads in a few seconds and was hands down the quickest QB at the combine (3-cone, shuttle, etc)- which I would have easily guessed based on his elusiveness on tape and ability to extend plays while keeping his eyes downfield. Read option type offenses are nice for putting up stats, but I kind of think the "2 seconds and throw or I'll bench you" mentality by coaches like Chip Kelly and Rich-rod really hurts a QB like Scott with the improvisational gifts he possesses. I think he'd be a sexy backup for us and a future trade chip, but it looks like it's officially a pipe dream now.
Even if you don't like Matt Scott, you have to admit that Seattle is going to have a really tough time pulling a read option QB out of this draft. EJ Manuel had a good senior bowl and a good combine, and you may recall that there was some "top 15" hype for Manuel a year ago from the scouting community (sound familiar?*). You watch Manuel and you know you are seeing the next Kaepernick. You don't think a lot of teams would like a Colin Kaepernick? Manuel will be a 1st rounder, you watch. And then Scott an early 3rd. And then... uh... Colin Klein? That might be your best remaining read-option prospect. Yeah, pretty bleak.
*Ryan Tannehill, for those not making the connection.