Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott did not see his name come off the board in the 2013 NFL draft. However, it didn't take long for him to find work when he agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union broke news of the agreement on Saturday evening:
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#Jaguars agree to terms with Arizona QB Matt Scott, Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers and Florida State FB Lonnie Pryor.4/28/2013, 1:12:17 AM
If the recent trend of athletic quarterbacks in pro football continues, Scott should undoubtedly have a legitimate shot at making the Jags' final 53-man roster.
Scott would benefit greatly from packing on an extra 10 to 15 pounds of muscle in order to absorb contact better at the next level. Otherwise, the physical attributes he has are enviable, and fit the emerging, fresh prototype of NFL quarterback.
The raging success experienced by players like Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson is a result of supreme arm strength, solid preparation and unique athleticism.
While Scott's natural passing abilities don't quite match up with the aforementioned studs, he does have a strong enough arm to make every throw in the pros.
In his only season as a full-time starter in Tucson, the dynamic signal-caller threw for 3,720 yards and 27 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, and completed over 60 percent of his passes.
Rich Rodriguez's spread scheme is heavily reliant on the read-option concept, which Scott utilized to his advantage, running for 506 yards and six touchdowns on top of his stellar passing numbers.
Although there is now direct competition in Jacksonville from fellow undrafted rookie Jordan Rodgers—a savvy Vanderbilt graduate and younger brother of Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers—Scott couldn't have asked for a much better situation.
2011 No. 10 overall pick Blaine Gabbert has suffered through two bad seasons under center in Jacksonville, and hasn't proven himself capable of hanging in the pocket or making wise reads against NFL defenses.
Chad Henne is also vying for the starting job, but he's never been consistent despite encouraging flashes of brilliance in his young career.
That leaves the door open for Scott to compete.
It may seem like a long shot for an undrafted rookie to grab hold of the starting job—much less even make the roster. But even if he doesn't, Scott's skill set should bring him in as an occasional gadget player at the very least.
The Jaguars did draft former Michigan QB Denard Robinson in the fifth round, and there's the possibility he will see snaps in the shotgun at the quarterback position.
Robinson was announced as a running back, though, and that is the position the Jags seem intent on using him in:
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Jaguars take Denard Robinson, running back from Michigan.4/27/2013, 6:00:35 PM
Having Scott run a zone-read with the likes of Robinson or superstar RB Maurice Jones-Drew alongside him would give the Jaguars a different dimension on offense—and give defensive coordinators headaches.
Jacksonville is a relatively small market, and GM Dave Caldwell is wisely loading up on exciting players to enhance the perception of the Jaguars. They look to be moving in the right direction after a solid draft.
Having said that, it might be the acquisition of Scott that proves to be one of the new regime's most important moves.
Scott has wonderful upside with his powerful arm and quick feet, and even if it takes a year of him sitting and learning from the other quarterbacks in the fold, the Jags would be wise to hold onto him when final cuts come around.