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Draft Scout Matt Scott News
04/29/13 - Arizona quarterback Matt Scott and Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers signed as undrafted free agents with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scott reunites with Frank Scelfo, who was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona and holds the same position in Jacksonville. He has 30 years' coaching experience. Rodgers doesn't have the arm, athleticism, accuracy or affluence of big brother Aaron. He's a punky pocket passer, much different than Scott -- a hybrid quarterback with wheels but not a sharp ability to needle the ball through tight passing windows. The Jaguars present an opportunity, even if not in the short term, for Scott to carve a niche and potentially win the starting job.
Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are splitting first-team reps this summer for the Jaguars. Neither has had sustained success in the NFL. Scott was projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. He's 6 feet 3, 213 pounds with a 4.63 40 but showed enough polish at his pro day in Tucson -- on the heels of an eye-opening session at the Scouting Combine -- that many projected he could be selected even higher. This just in -- it wasn't the year of the quarterback. Only three -- EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon -- were drafted in the first three rounds. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - Jaguars agree to terms with 23 Rookie Free Agents: The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 23 rookie free agents. These 23 players are expected to join the Jaguars’ eight drafted players and others for rookie mini-camp beginning Friday, May 3. QB Matt Scott, Arizona - Jaguars.com
04/21/13 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Is Matt Scott the next Russell Wilson? ... Matt Scott, Arizona, 6-2, 213, 4.63: A year ago I listed Russell Wilson in this space and it is precisely because of the success that he, Robert Griffin III and 2011 second-round pick Colin Kapernick had a season ago that I anticipate Scott contending for a spot within the first 100 picks of the 2013 draft. Like these three young NFL stars, Scott is a dual-threat at the quarterback position and one who demonstrated touch, velocity and accuracy while throwing five times as many touchdowns as interceptions last season. With only one full season as the starter after backing up Nick Foles, Scott is admittedly a work in progress but one I feel has the upside to warrant developing.
Five Other Quarterbacks to Consider: 1. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 212, 4.71 ... 2. Ryan Griffin, Tulane, 6-4, 216, 4.90* ... 3. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 202, 4.79* ... 4. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah, 6-5, 229, 4.93 ... 5. Jeff Tuel, Washington State, 6-3, 218, 4.63 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/16/13 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Scott spent the past six weeks in San Diego working with famed quarterbacks coach George Whitfield. There, the UA standout improved his footwork and gained some weight. Scott weighed in at 212 pounds Thursday after finishing last season at 195. "Teams have to have confidence that you have enough strength to survive a 16-, 17-, 18-game season," said Whitfield, who watched Thursday's workout. "Even guys that weigh 240 (pounds) are missing games at the NFL level. He had to put on some weight." And the footwork? "You don't really see it until you see the film," Scott said. "It was bad at times."
Scott will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to meet with the Eagles. Philadelphia, San Diego, Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo and Jacksonville have expressed the most interest, Scott said. The quarterback will spend the weeks before the April 25 draft meeting and working out for various teams. Scott hopes the success of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL can help him rise up the draft board. "The NFL is a copycat league," Scott said. "If one team is having success with one type of a quarterback, they'll all look for the same type of QB." - Daniel Berk, The Arizona Daily Star
03/16/13 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Question marks still remain with Scott, specifically about his size. He was measured at 6’2”, which is typically undersized for an NFL quarterback. His weight, which has gone up to 212 pounds, is also an injury concern for teams. “I feel like it’s kind of irrelevant, but teams look at it as a big question mark when it comes to durability in games,” Scott said. “It’s pretty big just putting the weight on.”
With the success of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson last season- a smaller player in his own right- Scott has a chance to still make a dent in the NFL. UA head coach Rich Rodriguez, who’s coached in more than 215 collegiate games, said Scott has one of the strongest arms that he’s ever coached or competed against. According to Buckner, that ability was on display at the Pro Day. Buckner said his former quarterback looked better than ever and that his passes were “whistling like a NERF ball.”
In Scott’s only full season with Arizona he threw for 3620 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 60.3 percent completion percentage. He led the Wildcats to an 8-5 record and a Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory over Nevada. With everything put together, Scott has a chance to be a steal in the upcoming draft, Whitfield said. “He’s not going to be the front-runner, headline guy,” he said. “But, some team is going to have a toast after they get him.” - Kyle Johnson, Arizona Daily Wildcat