In the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected safety Nick Scott out of Penn State. Scott was a special teams ace and team leader with the Nittany Lions. While Scott won’t start with the Rams, he’ll still have opportunities to contribute on one of the best special teams units in the NFL. He’s next in our roster preview series.
Scott red-shirted as a true freshman and made his first start against Indiana in his redshirt freshman year. He was one of seven freshmen to record a start. After the season he was selected as the John Bruno Memorial Award winner for the team’s outstanding member of special teams as he averaged 23.8 yards as a kick returner.
As a sophomore, he once again proved his value on special teams as he ranked third on the team in special teams tackles (8) and returned kickoffs. He was named a team captain as a junior as he finished second on the team in tackles on special teams.
In his final season at Penn State, he finally saw a significant amount of time on defense. His 35 tackles and three interceptions were career-highs.
Scott was selected in the seventh round by the Rams in the NFL Draft.
Scott was selected in the seventh round, but he’s hardly a lock to make the roster. Undrafted free agent Jake Gervase will have plenty to say about that. However, the Rams took Scott for his value on special team. Not only can he be a player on coverage units, but the team needs a kick returner which Scott has experience doing.
Gervase will have the advantage on defense as Scott is a running back turned safety. However, Scott brings more in special teams which might give him the slight edge in making the roster. Both players come from the Big 10 and will compete for the same roster spot.
Three Plays on Tape
— WeAreDBnation (@WeAreDBNation1) September 9, 2017
Scott is at safety on this play and stops the running back in his tracks. This play displays Scott’s tackling ability and toughness.
Portion of draft prep where I’m looking for guys who can make a 53 on STs. I’d want Penn St S Nick Scott on my coverage units. Explosive & fiery. Late Rd/PFA pic.twitter.com/gLZ6odzAnP
— Mark Dulgerian (@MarkDulgerianOS) April 21, 2019
While Scott doesn’t have the experience that other plays have at safety, that doesn’t mean that he can’t do it. In these two plays so far, it’s obvious how he can be valuable on a special teams coverage unit.
With its back against the wall, Penn State’s defense needed someone to step up and make a play. Captain Nick Scott did just that. pic.twitter.com/JnGvC0iNt1
— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 27, 2018
This play comes late in the game with Iowa looking to score a touchdown and take the lead. Nick Scott had other plans. Scott is covering Noah Fant on the play who was one of the best tight end prospect in the draft. Scott took advantage of Fant not being ready and make a game-changing interception.
Will Scott prove enough on defense to make the roster?
There’s no question the value that Scott brings on special teams, but to make the final 53, he’ll need to prove that he can be a contributor on defense as well if his number is called As mentioned earlier, Gervase is the better player on defense, but Scott is the better player on special teams. While Scott was selected in the seventh round, that doesn’t make him a lock for the roster.
2019 Outlook and Role
If Scott makes the 2019 roster, he’s going to be a significant contributor on special teams. With Scott’s experience at running back, John Fassell could implement him on fake punt packages. He also has experience on kick return, which is something that the Rams need.
Chances of Making Final Roster
Scott’s chances of making the Los Angeles Rams final roster are pretty good, but far from guaranteed. Jake Gervase is going to put up a battle, and if he shows enough on special teams and more on defense, Scott could come up short. However, with a pick like Scott, Fassell most likely had a say on the selection. Therefore, he’s going to have an early advantage.