Thought I'd give Trevor Scott some love since he's going to run through offensive lines all year. Here's a some information on the soon to be sack leader of the Oakland Raiders.
Trevor Scott was originally a tightend when he got to the University of Buffalo. He had to red-shirt in 2003. He was only considered a reserve tight end and got very little playing time. As a sophmore in 2005 he was able to actually play in seven games allowing him to make eight catches for 55 yards on the season. He would've been able to contribute abit more but two broke bones in his back ended his season.
That offseason he began the switch over to defensive end. He could'nt really find a spot in the offense so coach Turner Gill made the suggestion of trying defensive end due to the lack of depth.
Well, it worked out fine for Trevor Scott. He led the team in sacks and tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In 2006 he had nine sacks and 45 tackles. In 2007 as a senior, he led the team again with 10 sacks, 46 tackles and 15 for a loss.
Keep in mind that Scott lettered in Football, Basketball and Track and Field as a high school athlete. He was very versatile for a man with his size.
Coming into the draft Scott was projected as a undrafted free agent. That was due to the fact that he was a bit inexperienced at DE/OLB. With reason, it was pointed out that he had trouble shedding blocks, releasing from tight ends and keeping his angle when hit.
If you were to notice the positives, like Al Davis did, you'd realize how good he could be. He was praised for having a quick first step, having very high intensity, fast off the edge, he can re-direct himself down field along with the obvious thing, his speed. At 6'5" and 249 lbs he ran a 4.63 40 yard dash. It was noted by several scouts that his frame was perfect to be able to add 10 pounds of muscle/bulk without effecting his quickness.
Al Davis took a chance with the pick No. 169 in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. Scott came in being praised for his high motor. He was VERY excited to be a Oakland Raider and thrived at the oppertunity to shine. I remember seeing him on Behind the Shield on Raiders.com and he seemed ready compete.
He was used sporadically as mainly a pass rush guy. He got a chance to shine during the Raiders overtime victory vs. the New York Jets. There he sacked Bret Farve, twice. From that moment on most of the Nation began to take more notice. He was able to finish the season with five sacks. That was tied for the team lead with Kalimba Edwards.
He did an awesome job last year while only getting little playing time. He realized he needed to put on some bulk to help him stop the run and stay on the field more and he did. He showed up last year a 249 lbs. He now weighs in at 258 lbs. He did what he said and began hitting the weights this offseason. So far the scouts were right on with his skills and frame. According to reports from mimi-camps and OTAs, Scott is looking smooth even with the added weight.
We've got ourselves a GEM in Trevor Scott that the rest of the league will be forced to notice this year. He will get more playing time this year whether it's taking Jay Richardson's place, splitting snaps with Richardson or even taking over for Derrick Burgess in case he leaves. Yet, Al Davis doesn't know how to draft according to writers that don't follow the Raiders.
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