Matt Scott Scouting Report

January 8th, 2013

Arizona Wildcats QB Matt Scott in action

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Prospect: Mike Scott, QB, Arizona
Height: 6’ 2.5”
Weight: 196
Grade:  6.3 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:


+Shows good footwork and acceleration on rollouts
+Able to make strong throws with balance on the move to his right
+Has good speed and quick acceleration as a runner
-Average height; listed by school at 6’3” but by scouting sources as 6’2” and appears closer to the latter
-Skinny build, small framed for his height

Arm Talent:

+Able to throw the ball down the field with zip
+Throws a tight spiral that doesn’t wobble down the field
+Has good high release point and compact delivery
+Able to generate strong velocity while on the move
-Tends to aim shorter throws
-Accuracy is streaky and goes away for prolonged periods (see UCLA game)
-Trajectory is low on shorter throws and when on the move

Pocket Presence:

+Can stand in pocket from shotgun and step forward
+Feels backside rush, able to climb the ladder without rushing
+Has good mobility and escapability both forward and to the sides
-Will roll out even with no pressure
-Tends to short-arm throws under pressure and not on the run

 Command of Offense:

+Quickly called plays and directed formations in the Wildcats no-huddle spread
+Able to operate at an up-tempo pace and in two minute situations (see USC & Nevada games)
+Showed some ability to check out of plays and adjust at the line
+Not afraid to run and create with his legs when given an opening
-Seldom works through progressions, goes to primary option even if it’s not there far too often
-Inexperienced showed with miscommunications with his receivers (see Oregon and UCLA games)
-Only reads half the field
-Has a tendency to stare down his target, no eye manipulation of the defense

+Showed team-first attitude by waiting out early QB shuffling and redshirting his senior season to get a chance to start in 2012
+Rallied team from large deficits with poise and confidence
+Gave positive support to receivers after drops
+Able to put mistakes in prior games behind him
-Took a backseat to Nick Foles because of poor play

Scott had quite a star-crossed career at Arizona. He initially won the starting job in his sophomore year only to lose it to Nick Foles, who kept Scott largely on the bench for three years. After redshirting as a true senior in 2011, Scott took over in 2012 and made up for lost time. He is a mobile quarterback with good quickness and will time out as one of the fastest QBs in this draft. He has a live arm with solid mechanics, and he throws very well on the run. He was an excellent fit for Rich Rodriguez’s shotgun spread offense.

Much like Christian Ponder, Scott is prone to having very bad games and strings of prolonged inaccuracy. But those are offset by gutsy, heroic performances where his creativity and unwavering confidence serve him well. With more experience and solid coaching to develop consistency and stability, Scott should make it as a backup QB with developmental potential to eventually start in the right circumstance. He figures to be drafted in the 5th or 6th round but could work his way into the 4th with a good workout season.

Scouting Notes

Arizona vs. Oregon
-Shows ability to throw deep with accuracy on the move
-Lined up in shotgun almost exclusively
-Missed high on throw to open receiver in back of end zone
-Forced ball into double coverage on 3rd down
-Fired strike to wide sideline between layers of the defense
-Consistently showed good weight transfer and a strong over-the-top release
-Failed to get team into end zone on four consecutive drives into red zone
Arizona vs. Nevada
-Hit receiver in stride on intermediate crossing route
-Threw behind an open receiver on 3rd down
-Stared at target and threw high, resulting in INT
-Perfect strike between closing defenders while running to his right
-Showed arm strength to throw back across the field with zip
-Led furious comeback, trailed by 13 with under two minutes to go and got the win

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