Darrion Scott NFL Bio

The official NFL profile of the Vikings' third-round draft pick, defensive end Darrion Scott.

Darrion Scott
Position: Defensive End/Tackle
College: Ohio State
Height: 6-3
Weight: 271
Hometown: Charleston, W.V.

Versatile down lineman with experience at both end and tackle … Three-year starter who is big, strong and athletic … He plays low and well against the run and also has the speed to run down the ball carrier … Came to Ohio State as a linebacker, but played defensive tackle as a true freshman before shifting to end … Returned to tackle in his final season … Saw action in 48 games, starting 31 contests, as he recorded 136 tackles (78 solos) with 141/2 sacks for minus-86 yards, 25 stops for losses of 102 yards, 17 quarterback pressures, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Well-built with long arms, thick legs and a toned upper body … Has good initial quickness coming off the snap, showing the field vision to quickly locate the ball … Shows good effort and strong leg drive working his way through the trash … Solid wrap-up tackler who plays at a low pad level and shows good redirection agility … Has the motor to get upfield instantly and uses his rip moves to generate an efficient pass rush … Has the short-area foot speed to close and the change-of-direction ability to string plays wide … Keeps his legs moving to plug the rush lanes and looks natural when asked to come off the edge as a pass rusher … Competes hard and will always chase the play.

Negatives: Lacks the ideal bulk to be effective at tackle (will have to shift to end in the pros), as he will generally struggle coming off blocks and does a poor job of holding ground at the point of attack … Gets engulfed by the larger offensive tackles and does not show any consistency when facing double teams … Needs to use his hands better to defeat blocks (gets held too often) … Has a good upfield motor, but dances around too much rather than trying to shed … Needs to use his natural strength better and may need to be ridden by hard coaching (does not like working in the weight room) … Struggles vs. the run (when play is directed right at him), as he does not maintain his foot balance (keeps leg base a little bit narrow) and despite his strength, he tries to leverage too much when taking on combo blocks.

4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 410-pound bench press … 560-pound squat … 330-pound power clean … 35-inch vertical jump … 10-foot broad jump … 4.09 in the 20-yard shuttle.

Attended Capital (Charleston, W.V.) High … Two-time all-state selection … Saw action as a linebacker and fullback, rushing for 1,200 yards in his final year … Twice earned USA Today All-America honorable mention.

History major … Son of Darrion and Shelia Scott … Born Oct. 25, 1981 … Resides in Charleston, W.V.

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