Lions Grab Versatile Tackle In Fifth

The beauty of this selection is that months ago, Texas offensive tackle Jonathan Scott was considered a first-round choice. So at 141st overall, he was a steal for Detroit. Complete bio and more inside.

Full Name: Jonathan Scott School: Texas Pos: T

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 315 40: 5.35 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his junior campaign. Played left tackle the past three seasons after starting on the right side as a freshman.

Pos: 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.

Neg: 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.

How he fits in Detroit: The beauty of this selection is that months ago Scott was considered a first-round choice. Due to the volatile nature of the NFL draft, however, his stock slid -- but at 6-7, 315 and a player that can play both right and left tackle, why not spend a fifth round pick?

Scott will be able to enter Detroit and learn under offensive line coach Larry Beightol, who has a reputation for churning potential out of project offensive linemen. Great value pick for the Lions.


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