Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott went through the athletic measurement portion of the 2013 NFL Draft Combine on Sunday, and among the 16 quarterbacks in the field, he compared well with the best athletes at the position, including WVU quarterback Geno Smith.
He set a combine record in the 20-yard shuttle for quarterbacks, according to NFL.com's combine tracker. Scott's 3.99 shuttle time was so far second in the 2013 draft class to Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe's time of 3.96.
QBs who really helped themselves today during throwing session: Matt Scott (Arizona), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Marqueis Gray (Minn.)— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 24, 2013
Scott was the best QB during West-Shrine game practices. Been hearing about him all week in Indy.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 24, 2013
Scott is projected to go in the latter half of the NFL draft, but he's quickly moving up the charts.
USA Today's Tony Pauline writes that Scott also impressed in the passing drills portion of the combine:
Scott's draft grade has been ascending since September, and he made another positive impression on scouts at the combine. He looked comfortable and confident on the field Sunday and delivered his passes with speed and accuracy. His timing was a bit off as receivers were waiting on throws, but general managers around the league are excited about Scott's potential after his workout.
Here's what CBS Sports' Rob Rang had to say about Scott's performance in the passing drills:
The ball explodes out of his hand on short and intermediate throws. Several caught receivers by surprise during the gauntlet drills with how quickly they arrived.
It wasn't all good for Scott, however, as his accuracy tailed off on deeper throws. Also, while Scott demonstrates plenty of arm talent, his footwork can be a bit inconsistent. He didn't consistently step into his throws Sunday.
40-yard dash: For quarterbacks, Scott came in third in the speed portion of the combine, running the 40 in 4.69 seconds. Geno Smith clocked in at 4.59 atop the list of quarterbacks while Florida State Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel edged Scott with a time of 4.65. Scott had said on a radio show that he'd have liked to run in the 4.5 or low 4.6 range for his 40-yard dash.
Broad jump: The former Wildcat tied with Manuel for second among quarterbacks with a jump of 9 feet, 10 inches. West Virginia's Geno Smith led with a jump of 10 feet, 4 inches.
Vertical jump: Scott tied Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones for the fourth-best leap among quarterbacks at 31 inches. FSU's Manuel leaded 34 inches while Geno Smith trailed at 33.5 inches. Iowa's James Vandenberg was third with a 32-inch jump.
20-yard shuttle: Scott led all quarterbacks with a time of 3.99. He is second in the entire combine to Mizzou receiver T.J. Moe.
3-cone drill: Only three players in the 2013 combine -- all wide receivers -- ran better times in the 3-cone drill. Scott's time of 6.69 was bested by Moe (6.53), Wazzou receiver Marquess Wilson (6.65) and Josh Boyce of TCU (6.68).