According to Jaleel Scott’s agent, unless the former New Mexico State wide receiver “lays an egg” at this weekend’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Scott should become the 29th NMSU football player drafted in April.
“You have a general idea where a team has you, but they are not going to tell you what round they would select you,” said Kevin McGuire, who represents Scott for Element Sports Group. “They have your film and then use the Combine to check back against the film, but I would think his window is anywhere from the third to the sixth round.”
Scott is one of 43 wide receivers who will work out for NFL scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. NFL Network coverage begins at 7 a.m., on Saturday.
Since his All Sun Belt Conference senior season at NMSU, Scott has been training in Phoenix. He participated in the Senior Bowl in January, where he had one catch for 18 yards to cap what was an otherwise forgettable week.
“Jaleel is the biggest critic of himself and he understands that he didn’t have the best week,” McGuire said. “He went back to work on the basics. It was a little wakeup call, which was good to have in January rather than in April.”
McGuire added that Scott was not targeted down the field or in the red zone, which are areas that his 6-5 frame earned him an invitation to both the Senior Bowl and the Combine. Scott was the first Aggie player invited to the Combine since receiver Austin Franklin in 2013.
The lack of experience against top notch completion aside, Scott has been working to overcome perceived flaws, namely speed and the ability to create separation from the defender at the top of his routes.
“There are quite a few guys who are 6-4 or taller,” McGuire said. “It’s a decent class but not many have (Scott’s) body control, catch radius, hands and skill set. He can high point the ball and it’s contested catch after contested catch on his highlight reel. That is what excites teams about him. They can throw him open because of his length and ball skills.”
Scott hasn’t worked out for an individual team. McGuire said that typically occurs after the Combine.
McGuire is confident that as long as Scott runs between 4.5 and 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the former Aggies standout will be drafted anywhere between the third and sixth rounds during the NFL Draft April 26-28. Scott also needs to work on the mental side of the game.
“He needs to prove to NFL folks that he can digest complex NFL schemes and then regurgitate that information,” McGuire said. ”
Element Sports Group is based in the Atlanta area and currently includes 35 active NFL players, including six players who were invited to the Combine. One of its clients is defensive end Derek Rivers, who was drafted last year in the third round by the New England Patriots out of Youngstown State.
“NFL teams spend millions of dollars on scouting so if you can play, they will know about him,” McGuire said. “He is prepared and he’s confident.”
Sports Editor Jason Groves can be reached at 575-541-5459 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jpgroves.
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