RB L.J. Scott, Michigan St.

6’0” – 227 lbs. – N/A
Has been an important contributor since his true freshman season, in which he went 146-699-11. Followed that up with a 184-994-6 line, then rushed 201-898-8 as a junior. Ended up sustaining a season-ending injury five games into his senior season, which ended with a 79-264-0 line. Also caught a total of 43 passes over the course of his career. Has excellent size and bulk for a feature back at the pro level and was able to carry the load for the Spartans prior to this season. Compared to some of the top backs in this year’s class, overall speed and burst are a little bit lacking. However, looks light on his feet when making cuts behind the line and also flashed the ability to get to the edge and pick up a few yards; has good vision to find lanes and the footwork to make cuts into them. Actually more of a big, smooth runner than an overwhelmingly physical one. Able to bounce off of some tackle attempts but isn’t the type to get behind his pads and administer punishment to would-be tacklers on a consistent basis. That said, combination of size and vision does allow him to carry the ball between the tackles and pick up a few yards a pop. Does tend to run a little bit upright, exposing his body to some shots from opposing defenders. Also not the most secure ballcarrier; didn’t fumble prior to getting hurt as a senior, but totaled ten fumbles over the course of his career on just over 650 career touches. Was used in some pretty creative ways as a receiver, taking some snaps split out wide and running routes on pick plays and out of bunches. Also took your standard swing routes out of the backfield, delayed releases, and other patterns of that nature. Looks comfortable catching the ball, with good body control. Willing to get involved as a blocker, and does a good job. Size allows him to effectively take on opponents standing, although at times he’ll resort to going low and cutting out an opponent’s legs. A pretty interesting prospect who probably would have been earning some second-day consideration prior to getting hurt, as he combines a big frame, solid vision, smooth movement skills, and passing-down value, although he’s not the most explosive or physical runner. Will probably end up coming off the board on the third day at this point.

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