Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

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Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

Postby Pudge » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:49 pm

Maryland Senior
40: 4.34


Has quick feet and has a good jump cut to make defenders miss. Can be dangerous in space because he can set up defenders at the second level. Good speed and burst and shows some homerun potential. Good lateral burst to press the line of scrimmage and bounce plays outside. Shows some power for his size, keeping feet moving after contact. Capable in pass protection doing a nice job picking up the blitz up the middle. Capable hands and can adjust to throw. Runs well behind a lead blocker. Does his best work on counters, stretch plays, and sweeps.


Undersized and not as effective running between the tackles. Lacks ideal power and won't break much more than arm tackles. Not great downhill runner. Can be too patient at times, dancing in the backfield. Doesn't always secure the ball against his body. Doesn't have elite speed and won't always beat defender to the corner.


Scott projects well in a one-cut zone blocking scheme, especially if he can run behind a fullback. But he can be inconsistent at times and doesn't have the ideal size or speed to be a huge factor at the next level. Split carries the past two years with Davin Meggett, combining for 207 carries for 1133 yards (5.5 avg) and 9 touchdowns, which is almost an exact duplicate of his production as a sophomore when he had his best year as the top guy (209-1133-5.4-8). For chis career, he has 48 receptions, and has averaged 21.4 yards on 28 kickoff returns.


Scott can be a nice No. 2 on a team like Houston that will use zone blocking and let him run behind a fullback like Vonta Leach. He has potential as a third down guy and I could see him growing into a Chester Taylor-like role. His playing weight was closer to 195, so he's bulked up which is a good thing and should allow him to better take NFL-level punishment. Weighed in at 210 at the East-West Shrine game, but was down to 205 the following week for the Senior Bowl. I think in the right scheme he can be a productive No. 2 guy, but ultimately his long-term value will probably be more as a receiver than a runner. He can be a nice complementary and situational runner, but he's too limited to be more than a 5-10 carry back on a consistent basis.


Scott can stick in Atlanta as a reserve, but because the Falcons probably employ more man than zone blocking, his upside isn't great here. He could be a nice complement to a power runner and be able to produce as a third down guy down the road much like Snelling, but as a runner he'll probably be no more effective or reliable than Norwood, except not as explosive. A nice depth option that one hopes could be a decent receiver/blocker off the bench.


For a zone blocking team that uses a fullback looking for a backup with some speed, Scott probably could make a nice fourth or fifth round pick. For most other teams he's more in line with a sixth or seventh round pick.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Power: 2.0
Agility: 3.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 3.0
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