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NFL draft: Unknown a year ago, Arizona QB Scott likely to be drafted this week

Unknown a year ago, UA QB Scott likely to be drafted this week
2013-04-25T00:00:00Z 2013-04-26T21:14:16Z NFL draft: Unknown a year ago, Arizona QB Scott likely to be drafted this weekDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Matt Scott has never met Robert Griffin III. He doesn't know Russell Wilson and, if he passed Colin Kaepernick in the street, the two would probably keep walking.

But one day soon, when he has an NFL logo on his jersey, the former Arizona Wildcats signal-caller will meet all three dual-threat quarterbacks - and thank them.

"Without them, I wouldn't be looked at like a legitimate draft prospect," Scott said Wednesday. "It started with (Mike) Vick a long time ago, but the read-option guys who have come along have put quarterbacks like me on the map and have given me a chance."

Because of the Griffins, Wilsons and Kaepernicks of the world, Scott will hear his name called during the NFL draft, which begins tonight in New York City.

He could be taken as soon as Friday, when the second and third rounds of the draft are held. If not then, he'll be picked Saturday when the final four rounds take place.

Scott, 22, can become the second UA quarterback selected by an NFL team in as many years. The Philadephia Eagles took Nick Foles in the third round of last year's draft.

Before that, the last UA signal-caller to throw a pass in the NFL was Bill Demory in 1973. So while Arizona may not be Quarterback U, two players drafted in two years is certainly an improvement.

"It's not something I think about a lot, but it's great for the program," Scott said. "It's a good feeling that I'm able to be a part of that."

Scott has generated plenty of buzz since his senior season ended with a New Mexico Bowl win in December. He had a strong showing at the NFL combine, setting a QB record in the 20-yard shuttle drill, and tested well across the board.

Scott impressed NFL scouts at his pro day in Tucson last month and has spent the past six weeks meeting with NFL teams and coaches.

His draft stock is soaring.

This week, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., listed Scott as one of his 24 fastest risers in the draft.

Of Scott, he wrote: "He has aced the draft evaluation process, and Scott holds particular value to those teams who want mobility at the QB position, not just for the potential starter, but for the backup behind, say, QBs such as Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson."

CBSsports.com's Rob Rang included Scott in his list of potential diamonds in the rough.

"A year ago I listed Russell Wilson in this space, and it is precisely because of the success that he, Robert Griffin III and 2011 second-round pick Colin Kaepernick had a season ago that I anticipate Scott contending for a spot within the first 100 picks of the 2013 draft," Rang wrote.

"Like these three young NFL stars, Scott is a dual threat at the quarterback position and one who demonstrated touch, velocity and accuracy."

Scott said he hasn't been paying attention to the buzz, positive or negative.

"Some people like me, some don't," Scott said. "It really doesn't matter. What does matter is the team that drafts me likes me and believes in me."

Scott has worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos at their facilities. Seattle Seahawks representatives flew to Southern California this month to watch Scott work out at his former high school.

Scott said he isn't sure which teams like him the most and has no real feel for which team will take him this weekend.

One thing he does know is that he won't be sitting in front of his television, watching the coverage, waiting to hear his name.

Instead, Scott will spend the weekend in his Corona, Calif., hometown, hanging with friends, playing pick-up basketball and trying to keep his mind off the draft.

"I'm really excited for Matt," UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I think Matt wasn't on anybody's radar a year ago, and now in my mind, there's no question he's going to get drafted and make a club and have a long career.

"That's going to be a really neat story."

Indeed.

Scott came to Arizona in 2008 and didn't become a full-time starter until he was a fifth-year senior. He redshirted the 2011 season, Foles' last in Tucson, with hopes of taking over in 2012.

Those were his only expectations.

"I just wanted to prove to people that I deserved a shot and could play," Scott said. "That's all I wanted. To be in the position I'm in now is amazing and just shows how everything has fallen into place."

Scouting Scott

A look at where various NFL draft analysts rank former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott:

ESPN.com: No. 93 overall prospect and the ninth-best QB available

CBSsports.com: No. 102 overall and the eighth-best QB

SportingNews.com: No. 203 overall and the 10th-best QB

NFL.com: Unranked in the top 100

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

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