Nick Scott

Penn State
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Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
201 lbs
31”
Hands
8 1/2”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Rams
Rams
Round 7 ‧ Pick 29
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Scott was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but played high school football in Massachusetts for his first two years and Virginia for the last two seasons. He was a dual-threat quarterback as a senior, causing Penn State coaches to start him out at running back in his redshirt freshman campaign in 2015 (13 games, one start, 30-133-4.4, one TD rushing; 4-43-10.8 receiving; 2-2, 46 yards, one TD passing). He also won the team's most outstanding member of special teams that year (13-310-23.8 kick returns, eight tackles). Scott was a force on special teams in 2016, as well, making eight tackles and returning six kicks for 138 yards (23.0 average). He moved to safety in 2017 and was named a team captain (33 tackles, 1.5 for loss in 13 games with one start). His leadership abilities were recognized after a strong senior season, winning PSU's Captain's Award and a Sportsmanship Award from the Big Ten. He started 12 games in 2018, garnering honorable mention all-conference honors (65 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, four pass breakups, blocked kick).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Running back turned safety with eye-popping speed and explosion numbers to counter his limited amount of starts and production at Penn State. Scott is a plus athlete and fierce but erratic tackler whose recognition and technique vs. both the run and pass fall below NFL standards. He's a developmental prospect who will need to play with much greater consistency to make a roster and find the field, but he could make a name for himself as a special teams specialist in time.
Strengths
  • Two-time captain and noted team leader
  • Ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash with 41-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump
  • Explosive burst in his lateral charge
  • Play demeanor is set on aggressive
  • Looking to close in and smack ball carriers
  • Unlocks hips and drives through target as tackler
  • Size and strength to match with tight ends
  • Very good special teams potential
  • Had 19 kick return attempts his first two seasons and can cover them
Weaknesses
  • Just one year of production
  • Weight back-loaded in his backpedal
  • Stalls in drive forward out of the top of his drop
  • Sticky hips hinder quickness to flip and run
  • Below-average awareness and instinct from high safety
  • Baited out of position by route stems
  • Inconsistent angles to the football and tackling mechanics
  • Needs better body control and balance in open field

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league