NFL draft: Undrafted Scott signs deal with Jaguars

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z NFL draft: Undrafted Scott signs deal with JaguarsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The NFL draft hadn't been over for 30 minutes before the world heard from former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott.

"Got a chip on my shoulder coming for someone's spot," Scott tweeted.

That's what going undrafted over three days, seven rounds and 254 selections will do to a player.

The tweet was sent moments after Scott signed a rookie free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The signal-caller, who was projected as a late-round pick, was left out of the draft, which wasn't particularly kind to quarterbacks or Wildcats.

The UA was shut out of the draft for the first time since 2005.

Center Kyle Quinn signed after the draft with the Philadelphia Eagles, and wide receiver Dan Buckner signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Two local products also landed free agent deals. Sabino High School's Lucas Reed, who played collegiately at New Mexico, signed with the Denver Broncos, and Mountain View's Dan Moore, a standout at Montana, will join the Indianapolis Colts.

Scott being left out was clearly the biggest surprise.

Eleven quarterbacks were drafted, but just seven were taken in the first six rounds.

So Scott was forced to take the alternate route, signing with a team once the draft was complete.

Jacksonville had some unique insight into Scott. The Jaguars quarterback coach is Frank Scelfo, who served in the same role at the UA in 2010-11 and coached Scott for two years.

"I'm excited for him, but mostly I'm excited for me and the Jaguars organization," Scelfo told the Star. "He's a good player, but a better person. I talked to him, and we were high-fiving each other through the phone.

"What a remarkable guy."

Scelfo said he expected Scott to be drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds. When he was available to sign after the draft, he encouraged the Jaguars to reach out to Scott.

The two will reunite next week in Jacksonville when Scott reports for the team's rookie mini-camp.

"I was able to give some insight as to who he is as a person," Scelfo said. "What I told them is, he's one of the most competitive players I've ever seen. He had so many chances to quit, give up, transfer and then had to deal with a coaching change as a senior.

"What does he do? He puts the team on his back and takes them to a bowl game."

Scott seemed to be a player analysts were excited about in the weeks leading up to the draft. He was listed as a potential steal by CBSsports.com, and ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that Scott was one of the fastest risers in the class as the draft approached.

But in the end, there were obviously concerns by NFL teams. Scott was a full-time starter for just one season and suffered a late-season concussion, which forced him to miss the Colorado game.

The quarterback didn't return calls to the Star.

"There wasn't a premium on quarterbacks this year," Scelfo said. "It felt like a lot of teams filled their needs the past two years, and they aren't going to give up on those guys yet."

The Jags also drafted former Michigan QB/athlete Denard Robinson, but he's expected to be a running back and kick returner.

Scott was aiming to become the second Wildcats quarterback drafted in as many years after the Eagles selected Nick Foles in the 2012 draft.

Foles now has a familiar teammate in Quinn. The center started alongside Foles in 2011, and the two will join forces again in Philadelphia.

"He's really excited for me and already texted me," Quinn said. "He advised me to make sure I'm in shape before I report, which I think was his way of telling me we're going to go fast with (coach) Chip Kelly's offense.

"I told him I've been warmed up for it, playing in (Rich Rodriguez's) offense for a year."

Quinn said the Eagles and a couple of other teams first reached out to him in the middle of the sixth round. Philadelphia offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland called the former Wildcats center and said the team liked him a lot, and if he wasn't picked, they wanted to scoop him up right away.

"I was just hanging out by the TV most of the day, enjoying my mom's cooking, waiting to see what happened," Quinn said. "I couldn't be happier to get a chance to play at the highest level. It's a dream come true."

Buckner shared the same feeling as Quinn.

The wide receiver will get to stay in-state with the Cardinals and said he's "more than excited and can't wait to get going."

As of Saturday night, fullback Taimi Tutogi hadn't signed with a team.

UA in the draft

A look at how the UA has fared in the NFL draft since 2000

Year Number of players picked Highest selection (round)

2013 0 n/a

2012 3 QB Nick Foles (third)

2011 3 DE Brooks Reed (second)

2010 2 TE Rob Gronkowski (second)

2009 2 OT Eben Britton (second)

2008 4 CB Antoine Cason (first)

2007 4 RB Chris Henry (second)

2006 1 OL Kili Lefotu (seventh)

2005 0 n/a

2004 0 n/a

2003 3 LB Lance Briggs (third)

2002 0 n/a

2001 2 TE Brandon Manumaleuna (fourth)

2000 5 RB Trung Candidate (first)

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk

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