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Dorell Scott (DT)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 312
College: Clemson
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Columbia, SC
High School: Ridge View
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Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 3 (103)
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Pick Analysis: Scott did not have a great year this past season, but he's strong and has really good quickness to go along with exceptional strength and speed. He ran a 4.92 40-yard dash at 312 pounds. That is very impressive speed for a defensive tackle.
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Overview

The three-year starter at nose guard, Scott was expected to emerge from the shadows of former teammate, Philip Merling, to take over leadership responsibilities for a young defense in 2008. Scott struggled early in the season, resulting in the university deciding to change coaches at midseason. Scott responded briefly, but then limped through the late stages of his final season with a knee injury.


The 2008 preseason Outland Trophy candidate failed to make much of an impact through the first six games. Freshman backup Brandon Thompson was considered to be performing at the same level until Clemson's coaching change, which included defensive line coach Chris Rumph initiating a candid chat with Scott. Scott responded with a season-high eight tackles against Georgia Tech and lived up to his preseason billing.


At Ridge View High School, Scott was rated the 30th-best defensive tackle in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com and 32nd by Super Prep. The three-year starter was also named first-team All-State by the Associated Press and an All-Atlantic Region pick by Prep Star. The Super Southern 100 team pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he added All-Mid Atlantic honors from Super Prep and was a two-time All-Area and All-Conference choice.


Scott recorded had 242 career tackles, 31 stops for loss, seven sacks, 35 quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles, six recovered fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. He was named team defensive MVP three times. He posted 101 tackles and 12 stops for loss on defense and graded 89% for blocking consistency as an offensive lineman in his final campaign. As a junior, he posted 70 tackles with three forced fumbles and five stops behind the line of scrimmage, making 71 stops, including 13 for loss during his sophomore season.


Scott chose Clemson over Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina, enrolling in 2004. He spent the season redshirting. Prior to the start of the 2005 campaign, his frustration at being third on the depth chart. Scott briefly left the team, resulting in the coaches sitting him down for the first three games upon his return. He appeared in nine contests, producing 10 pressures along with 18 tackles (10 solo) and two sacks.


Scott took over nose guard duties in 2006, going on to start the next 38 games he appeared in. He collected a career-high 54 tackles (32 solos) that included three sacks and eight pressures. The following season, he finished third among Tiger down linemen with 50 tackles (32 solos), adding three sacks and eight pressures while also picking off a pass.


The 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List member never got untracked as a senior. He sat out the Duke game and missed most of the Florida State clash with a knee sprain. He delivered 39 tackles (29 solos) with 7.5 stops for loss, including one sack and added ten pressures.


High School

Attended Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Kirk Burnett...Rated the 30th-best defensive tackle in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com and 32nd by Super Prep...The three-year starter was also named first-team All-State by the Associated Press and an All-Atlantic Region pick by Prep Star...The Super Southern 100 team pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he added All-Mid Atlantic honors from Super Prep and was a two-time All-Area and All-Conference choice...Recorded had 242 career tackles, 31 stops for loss, seven sacks, 35 quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles, six recovered fumbles, and one defensive touchdown...Named team defensive MVP three times...Posted 101 tackles and 12 stops for loss on defense and graded 89% for blocking consistency as an offensive lineman in his final campaign...As a junior, he posted 70 tackles with three forced fumbles and five stops behind the line of scrimmage, making 71 stops, including thirteen for loss during his sophomore season.


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Analysis

Positives: Prototypical frame for the position with room for an additional 10-15 pounds of bulk. ... Flashes impressive initial quickness off the snap for a player his size. ... Good balance and can redirect his charge to close when open lanes are presented. ... Quick hands to deflect the blocker's initial hand punch. ... Has some rush technique, including an impressive rip. ... Can get his hands up to create obstacles in the passing lane. ... Can close running lanes due to his size. ... When playing with leverage, has the leg drive to hold up at the point of attack and flashes the ability to split double-team blocks.


Negatives: Not consistently the sum of his parts. ... Inconsistent use of hands. ... Too often comes off the snap high and struggles with leverage. ... Can negate his own strength and get knocked off the ball. ... Doesn't use his height and hands often enough to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage. ... Requires an open lane to close and rarely makes plays on his own. ... Inconsistent effort. ... Seems to tire easily and may have to be used as part of a rotation to be effective. ... Struggled with a knee sprain as a senior.


Compares To: WILLIAM JOSEPH, Oakland -- Scott lacks Joseph's tall frame, but both are classic underachievers who might entice some scouts with athletic ability. When he puts the pads on, it's a different story. You might expect his strength to allow him to hold his ground at the point but he stops his feet and can be ridden out. In pursuit, he will generally overextend and lose balance, as he keeps his base too narrow. He gets a good push and shows a decent swim move to gain initial gap penetration, but he is more of a finesse type than power-oriented pass rusher, leading to minimal production in attempts to get to the quarterback. He lacks technique and stamina, but he has athletic talent to be worth a look at the tail end of the draft, and not in the early rounds as some experts target him. If all else fails, a team could try him at offensive guard to take advantage of his strength and athletic skills.


Injury Report

2007: Limited in August camp (8/16) with a high ankle sprain...Left the Chick-fil-A Bowl after he suffered a right knee sprain from a chop block vs. Auburn (12/31).


2008: Missed most of the Florida State (11/08) game and the entire Duke contest (11/15) with a knee sprain suffered vs. the Seminoles


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