Falling Star

The Bears are looking for youth on the offensive line. While the pick is likely to come in the middle rounds, there could be first round talent on the draft's second day. Texas OT Jonathan Scott has seen his stock plummet.

There were reports how ill-prepared Scott was going into his pro-day workout. He put up 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which is an acceptable number for a receiver not a 315-pound offensive lineman who stands six-foot-6. Although he improved upon his numbers later in the workout, there has also been talk about Scott's uncooperativeness.

Seems the tackle from Texas would not workout in a group setting prior to the combine and wants to go it alone. Also a problem is Scott seems more concerned about life after football then the immediate future, which has some wondering about his dedication to the sport. This does not bode well for Scott who could fall out of the first day.

It's an odd contrast for the four-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his junior campaign. He played left tackle the past three seasons after starting on the right side as a freshman.

"Being the starter for four years, being able to play with a group of guys – offensive linemen who were arguably the best line in the country - just constantly playing in games of high stakes, I think it definitely prepared in the aspect of coming to a new level and being able to handle a lot of pressure," Scott said.

Angelo has taken Longhorns in the previous two drafts - CB Nathan Vasher and RB Cedric Benson – so he should already have a sense of Scott's commitment. He can also call on receivers coach Daryl Drake, who spent six years with Texas before coming to Chicago in 2004.

Even thought the Bears re-signed four offensive linemen since the end of the regular season, general manager Jerry Angelo has neglected the unit the previous two drafts.

The Bears talked with Scott at the Senior Bowl and again at the NFL Combine. Scout.com ranks him as the sixth best tackle prospect, earning a three-star rating.

The team is looking to groom a tackle with both LT John Tait and RT Fred Miller over 30. If Scott falls to the second day of the draft, he could be worth the risk considering he once was thought of as a potential first round pick.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive:
Nice-sized, athletic lineman with a high upside. Naturally strong, plays with good pad level and does not give up an inch of room. Makes effective use of angles and body positioning, sealing defenders from the action. Jolts opponents with good hand punch and rides them from the angle of attack. Flashes footwork in pass protection.

Negative: Bends at the waist or leans on opponents. Lacks a nasty streak and does not finish blocks. Marginal run blocker.

Analysis: A self-motivated player, Scott has the underlying abilities to be a starter in the NFL. Must consistently play at a high level yet a solid top 60 choice.


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