Entering this year’s NFL draft, there was a pretty good chance quarterback Matt Scott would get selected in the later rounds by somebody, while wide receiver Dan Buckner and center Kyle Quinn were long shots. Unfortunately, not a single one of them got drafted and will have to prove themselves in spring camps as free agents. Following the draft, Scott struck a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buckner went to the Arizona Cardinals and Quinn with the Eagles.
There was speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles might take Scott, who would compliment the read-option offense that Chip Kelly ran at Oregon, but the Eagles went with Matt Barkley instead, which raises some interesting questions about whether Kelly will continue to run the type of offense in the NFL that he ran in college.
Of course, free agent success stories are rare, but they do occur occasionally. Out of the three former Arizona Wildcats, Scott has the best potential of making something of himself at the next level: he was by far the best undrafted quarterback and probably best undrafted player overall. Jacksonville’s quarterback situation is shaky, with two young quarterbacks–Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne–who have yet to prove themselves fighting for the starting gig. Scott brings a lot to the table with his versatile abilities to run and pass, a skill that is becoming very sexy in the NFL and one that both Gabbert and Henne lack.