Posted: 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Trevor Woods
Arizona Wildcats QB Matt Scott is an interesting option in the middle rounds of the NFL draft. I currently have a third round grade on him, and I highly doubt he makes it out of day two. Scott doesn't have a lot of college starts under his belt, but he has shown flashes of big time ability during his time under center at Arizona. The 49ers are still in search of a quarterback to back up Colin Kaepernick. Could Matt Scott be the man for the job?
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Why He Might Fit The 49ers:
The basic fit is the fact the 49ers need a backup quarterback. Compound that with Scott's skill set, and he seems to be a fit. While a backup for the 49ers doesn't need to be able to run the read option, it certainly wouldn't hurt. If Kaep was to go down, wouldn't you prefer some continuity? Opposed to changing the game plan, reverting back to the power run and short yardage throws? I know I would prefer continuity. Which is very important when a team is in a groove, which the 49ers usually find themselves in.
Another reason Scott could be a fit is the intangibles he possesses. Jim Harbaugh could get Scott to see his full potential, and help him improve on the areas that need work. A diamond in the rough is a diamond nonetheless.
Why He Might Not Fit The 49ers:
The 49ers could find Scott to be too raw right now to seriously warrant a back up job. This is something I find to be less likely, but could be a scenario. The Baalke-Harbaugh era is one that has not been afraid to draft players that need work, need "polish". He might not also be a fit if the 49ers like another quarterback more and if they do not want to spend a third round selection on Scott.
What They Are Saying:
One other QB note-- I'll be surprised if Arizona QB Matt Scott makes it out of the 3rd round. He has several teams interested.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 28, 2013
@saras_tweets I like Matt Scott ARZ. Can do much of what Kap does. Not quite as big + not as strong an arm but overall similar skill set.— Greg Cosell (@gregcosell) March 14, 2013
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I am all for drafting Matt Scott. Yes, I do think the 49ers should use a third round pick on a quarterback. The Redskins had no problem going with a fourth round pick on Kirk Cousins, and the Patriots used a third a couple years ago when they drafted Ryan Mallett. Sure, other positions need depth, but the quarterback position must be addressed in the draft in round three or four. The late round prospects aren't all that intriguing, Scott is. The 49ers would be drafting a player with a ton of potential, and I have no doubt this 49ers coaching staff can turn him into a winner quickly.