Josiah Scott may not be a first-round selection come the 2020 NFL Draft, but expert Mel Kiper Jr. is expecting the former Michigan State star defensive back to have a long career at the professional level.
Wednesday, Kiper talked with reporters about several NFL Draft prospects, including Scott. The ESPN NFL Draft expert talked at length about what makes the former Spartan an intriguing selection for teams, and why he can have such a lengthy career at the highest level.
“I think the player that I like in terms of grade the best (from Michigan State) is Josiah Scott, the corner,” Kiper said, according to Matt Wenzel of MLive.com. “He’s aggressive, he’s a willing tackler, he’s got good awareness, he was a really good recruit coming out, played right away, he’s got pretty good ball skills, seven career interceptions.”
Scott played in all 13 games for the Spartans this season, recording 55 tackles, seven pass break-ups, three interceptions and forcing a fumble. After Michigan State’s win in the Pinstripe Bowl, the junior defensive back decided to forgo his final season in East Lansing and pursue the NFL Draft.
“I like the tape, I like what I saw of him,” Kiper said. “I like the way he turns, I like the way he flips his hips, I like his feet. He’s going to help the secondary, whether he’s a starter, nickel, fourth corner, he’s going to be a guy that plays in the league for a long time I think, as I’d say a third- to fifth-round pick.”
Scott was a former three-star recruit out of high school and made an immediate impact for the Michigan State defense. He played in 12 games in his first season (2017), collecting 30 tackles, breaking up 10 passes and picking off two passes. In his second season, Scott battled some injuries, but still played in five games and broke up seven passes with two more interceptions.
Right now, Scott is projected to be the highest-drafted player out of Michigan State in the 2020 NFL Draft.