Some of us hope our past doesn't affect our future, but Tremayne Scott hopes the opposite in terms of his 2013 NFL draft stock. Unfortunately, after a nice 2011 season earned Scott a second-team All-MAC selection, an injury-shortened 2012 may be too much of deterrent for teams to overlook.
If Scott doesn't get to the quarterback, he doesn't give up on the play. He finds a way to make an impact by getting his hands up, and even coming up with a big pick in the bowl game.
Despite his poor 4.69 20-yard shuttle time, this sack against Kent State shows some recognition and agility.
Any player from the MAC will face a couple questions about consistent competition. There are a few Pro Bowlers who call the midwest conference home, but it's the little brother in the regional family (Big 10).
Additionally, general managers will want to be sure he doesn't deserve the "injury plagued" title after he missed multiple games his senior season. However, he did bounce back nicely from injury, saving his best game for the last against Louisiana-Monroe: five tackles, two sacks and an interception. That was only his fourth game back from injury.
Speed can't be taught, and Scott needs some help here. His 5.10 40-yard dash isn't fast enough for an offensive guard, but he'll get some consideration on that time due to his continued recovery.
Yet, he also lacks professional strength as he only put up 14 bench reps at his pro day, according to nfldraftscout.com. That isn't the result of a foot injury.
He's saying all the right things in interviews about being ready for whatever is thrown at him. Nothing to suggest that he's a bad seed came up while researching the former Bobcat.
Scott has comparable size for an outside linebacker at 6'3" and 253 pounds. He has pretty ridiculously long arms (35.5") that somewhat dwarf his 9.25" hands.
Scott lined up as a down defensive end for Ohio.
Scott doesn't have any pass-rushing moves that stood out on film. He notched a total of 7.5 sacks during a four-year career. There's not much else to say here as he doesn't have the physical attributes to overcome a lack of technical skills.
Against the Run/Tackling
Here is an area where Scott did excel. He racked up 61 tackles as a junior from the defensive end position, including eight that occurred behind the line of scrimmage (h/t www.sports-reference.com). You don't rack up those types of numbers without having the fundamentals on lock.
In the below highlight, what you will ultimately notice is that Scott comes up with the interception. What you should pay attention to is everything he does before that. You can see how Scott's gets his hands into the chest of the offensive tackle and controls him, before pushing away and swatting at the ball.
If Scott can stick on an NFL roster, it'll be as a 3-4 outside linebacker whose job is to stuff the run and occasionally crash around the end towards the quarterback.