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Arizona football: About 20 NFL teams watch Scott at pro day

Arizona football: About 20 NFL teams watch Scott at pro day

UA senior Matt Scott hopes the recent success of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL can help him rise up the draft board.

Matt Scott is fast learning that the NFL is a 12-month-a-year job.

The former Arizona Wildcats quarterback participated in the program's pro day Thursday at Kindall/Sancet Stadium - the latest step in his quest to be selected in next month's NFL draft.

"The first thing was the East-West Shrine Game. The next step was to get ready for the (NFL) combine," Scott said. "And the next step after that was to come here and show what I can do."

Scott said he had a strong day at the workout, which - for the first time - was closed to reporters. He attempted 85 passes with 20 or so NFL teams watching.

Scott chose not to do any of the timed running drills after posting a strong showing at last month's combine.

Scott spent the past six weeks in San Diego working with famed quarterbacks coach George Whitfield. There, the UA standout improved his footwork and gained some weight. Scott weighed in at 212 pounds Thursday after finishing last season at 195.

"Teams have to have confidence that you have enough strength to survive a 16-, 17-, 18-game season," said Whitfield, who watched Thursday's workout. "Even guys that weigh 240 (pounds) are missing games at the NFL level. He had to put on some weight."

And the footwork?

"You don't really see it until you see the film," Scott said. "It was bad at times."

Scott will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to meet with the Eagles. Philadelphia, San Diego, Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo and Jacksonville have expressed the most interest, Scott said.

The quarterback will spend the weeks before the April 25 draft meeting and working out for various teams. Scott hopes the success of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL can help him rise up the draft board.

"The NFL is a copycat league," Scott said. "If one team is having success with one type of a quarterback, they'll all look for the same type of QB."

Scott wasn't the only former Wildcat to work out for NFL teams Thursday.

Dan Buckner was hoping to impress scouts with his speed, but he pulled up with a hamstring injury 30 yards into his 40-yard dash.

"It's definitely disappointing, but everything happens for a reason," Buckner said. "I was having a good day up to that. I wanted to put up a blazing time for them.

"I was running fast before I pulled up. They knew I was going to put up a good time."

In all, 17 former Wildcats took part in pro day. For players like center Kyle Quinn, a strong showing Thursday could have been the difference between being drafted or signing as a free agent.

"I feel like I moved up my stock a little today," Quinn said. "But, I don't really care about that stuff. It's all about just getting on a roster."

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Up next

• March 29: Scrimmage, 7 p.m. at Phoenix College

• April 13: Spring game, 1 p.m. at Kindall/Sancet Stadium

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

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