Weight: 202 pounds
The Steelers take out a Ben Roethlisberger insurance policy and draft a quarterback here.
The last quarterback the Steelers drafted was Dennis Dixon in the fifth round in 2008. Roethlisberger, drafted in 2004, was the last quarterback they took before the fifth round.
Scott completed more than 60 percent of his passes in 2012 and threw for 27 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. In a 39-36 upset of USC, Scott ran for 100 yards on 15 carries. That will earn him the attention of scouts who are looking for the next Colin Kaepernick, even though Scott's time in the 40-yard dash, 4.68 seconds according to NFL Draft Scout, is a quarter-second slower than Kaepernick's 4.43.
The Steelers don't need the next Kaepernick. They have a quarterback who knows a thing or two about getting to the Super Bowl. They just need a backup quarterback with growth potential.
Charlie Batch is 38 and Byron Leftwich is 33. They both will be remembered fondly, Batch especially, for their valuable service as backups. But they both hit their ceilings a long time ago.
Scott can make all the throws, according to NFL Draft Scout. The main concerns about him are his durability—he started only 17 games at Arizona—and his ability to play under center after throwing mostly out of the shotgun in college.
Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout says, "Don't be surprised...if his toughness and better-than-advertised arm talent result in an extended NFL career, perhaps even as a future starter."
If that assessment is accurate, Scott would be the ideal quarterback for the Steelers to draft.
The Steelers likely are hoping they don't have to groom Roethlisberger's successor now, but it is time to think about how many more years they can get out of Roethlisberger with all the abuse his body has taken.
If the Steelers draft Scott and he's good enough to be around when they need him to start, this fourth-round pick would be a sound investment.