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
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.
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.