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Matt Scott, QB

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 213 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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10283-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.632.591.57- 319'10"3.996.69
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Dual-threat passer well-suited to today's NFL. Has an efficient setup and delivery of the football, including a quick release. Throws a tight spiral with plenty of velocity to make every throw. Can drive passes through tight windows, including on deep in-cutting routes and the deep-out.

Very good accuracy, velocity on slant routes. Shows good touch to loft passes between defenders and down the sideline. Good ball placement. Consistently hits his receivers in stride, providing them the opportunity to gain yardage after the catch.

Good elusiveness in the pocket and looks to remain a passing threat rather than simply run. Keeps his eyes downfield and is accurate on the move (especially to his right), showing the ability to square his shoulders and deliver passes with zip.

Tough. Returned from the big hit that caused a concussion (Utah) and played through it. Willing to stare down the barrel and take the big hit to complete the throw. Selfless teammate who took a redshirt in 2011 to return as Arizona's starter once Foles left.

WEAKNESSES: Possesses a lean build that may make him more prone to injuries, especially given his willingness to run with the ball. Started just 17 games at Arizona and missed one game last year (Colorado) after suffering a concussion in the third quarter against Utah.

Was a perfect schematic fit for Rich Rodriguez's offense and will need time to acclimate if placed into a more traditional pro-style attack, including taking snaps from center. Has a slight 3/4 release point which makes his lack of preferred height even more of an issue. Often was allowed to make throws based on his initial read in this offense and has a tendency to get happy feet when he's forced to come off of his first target.

Generally an accurate-passer, though when is off-target, Scott is generally high, forcing his receivers to adjust and potentially absorb big hits. Only 17 career starts.

COMPARES TO: Seneca Wallace, QB, New Orleans Saints -- Just as Wallace was pegged by some as a small, run-first, pass-second quarterback when leaving Iowa State, Scott will require some fine-tuning in the NFL. Don't be surprised, however, if his toughness and better-than-advertised arm talent result in an extended NFL career, perhaps even as a future starter.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Nick Foles is the only Arizona Wildcats quarterback to be drafted among the seven-round format currently used by the NFL. The program won't have to wait nearly as long to see the next one selected, as Scott possesses the combination of arm talent and mobility to rank as one of the more intriguing dual-purpose quarterbacks of the 2013 draft class.

Foles and Scott competed for the opportunity to start following Willie Tuitama's career with the Wildcats, with Scott actually winning the job to open the 2009 season. He started the first three games, engineering wins against Central Michigan and Northern Arizona but struggled against Iowa and Foles took over as the starter.

For the next year and a half, Foles was the Wildcats' quarterback, though Scott did replace him for two games in 2010 when Foles went down with a knee sprain (Washington, UCLA).

The two quarterbacks couldn't be much more different. Foles, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, is a traditional drop-back quarterback who relied on his ability to read defenses and fit the ball into tight windows. He offered little in terms of mobility and was no real threat to defenses to scramble.

Scott, on the other hand, is very athletic and has enjoyed his greatest success when rolling out and forcing defenders to account for his legs (1,138 rushing yards, seven touchdown over his career) while also possessing the arm strength and touch to scorch them if they lose coverage responsibilities.

He started 12 games for the Wildcats in 2012, completing 60.3 of his passes for 3,620 yards and 27 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. He enjoyed a stirring end to his career with the Wildcats, throwing two touchdowns in the final 42 seconds to lead Arizona to a stunning 49-48 victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl.

Though he has only started 17 collegiate games, Scott's upside is undeniable, especially as the NFL evolves towards more mobile passers.

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04/29/2013 - 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

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