Scott

Randy Moss said it best, “My role is to take the ball deep, take the top off the defense.” When an offense possesses a legitimate deep threat, it prevents the safeties from collapsing towards the line of scrimmage. This is invaluable because not only does it open up the running game, it clears space for the short and intermediate passing game as well. That Randy Moss quote came to mind while watching New Mexico State Wide Receiver Jaleel Scott because he flashes some traits that remind you of the future Hall of Famer. Scott has elite length at 6’6”, and his body control is reminiscent of the “Freak.” His potential as a deep threat, redzone threat and 50/50 ball winner is elite, and he has double digit touchdown capabilities.

Jaleel Scott is an intriguing prospect for the NFL Draft because of his size, length and athleticism. He comes from a smaller school in New Mexico State that doesn’t get much national exposure due to playing in the Sun Belt Conference. Scott has only played two seasons after transferring from a Junior College, with just 2017 being highly productive. Because of this, his performance during January’s Senior Bowl week will be paramount to his draft stock.

While Scott isn’t overly quick, he has good length in his strides and is a pretty fluid runner. That’s not to say that Scott can’t get open, as he has good releases at the line of scrimmage and shows a variety of head nods and shoulder dips to create some separation. He is pretty smooth at the breakpoint and can sit down well on curl and comeback routes. He isn’t going to rely on straight line speed and deception to get wide open, but his route running is more than adequate for the next level.

What sticks out with Scott is that his catch radius is massive, and his body control with the ball in the air puts him in position to make a ton of contested catches. Even with a defender on his hip, his leaping ability allows him to climb the ladder. Scott’s ball skills actually leave a little to be desired, as he sometimes allows the ball to come into his body. When he is reaching and trying to stab for the ball, Scott doesn’t always reach at the most desired angle. Despite this, he is able to make grabs in contested situations because his elite body control allows for some margin for error with his ball skills. Better ball skills could come with more experience and because you can’t teach height and length, Scott’s potential in the redzone is one of his biggest strengths.

The best example of Scott’s body control, leaping ability, and the potential of his ball skills came when New Mexico State played at Arizona State earlier this season. Scott puts all of his traits together and it resulted in a leaping one handed grab, fighting through pass interference from the smaller defender and getting a foot down in the back of the endzone.

Jaleel Scott doesn’t show a lot of elusiveness with the ball in his hands and despite his size he hasn’t offered much in terms of physicality. However, when he does have space to operate he gets vertical quickly and picks up positive yardage. His game is based more upon his ability to win with the ball in flight, a trait most elite outside WR’s possess.

A big deep ball and outside receiving threat is a quality that some NFL offenses are missing. Jump ball receivers that are well rounded enough to win outside the numbers compliments the modern offense because it stretches the defense vertically and laterally. Scott has shown all of the traits that suggest he will thrive in this role at the next level. His length allows him to be a good intermediate target along the sideline, and his downfield body control will demand respect from high safeties in the NFL.

Potential Landing Spots: New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

About The Author Brad Kelly

Brad is in his second year as the wide receivers and defensive ends Coach at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the same high school in which he attended. He also coaches indoor and outdoor track & field, specializing the sprinters and jumpers. Brad attended Salve Regina University where he played football and rugby, splitting time between wide receiver and tight end. He graduated college in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working towards his Masters.