2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Jaleel Scott
Position: Wide Receiver
School: New Mexico State
Projected: 3rd – 5th
Jaleel Scott was recruited out of high school by a handful of Big 10 and SEC teams. However, he was a non-qualifier and found his way to Ellsworth Community College. After three years he transferred to New Mexico State in 2016. In two seasons in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Scott finished with 99 receptions for 1,362 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 2017 senior season saw 76 receptions, 1,079 yards, and nine scores.
Scott is a tall and athletic receiver who is not afraid to fight for the football. His long arms are made more useful by his ability to time his jumps. Made a one-handed catch against Arizona State which best shows his catch radius and athleticism. He has the tools to be a deep threat as well as someone in the red zone which is something the Cardinals desperately need. Playing in the Sun Belt conference prevented many scouts from seeing Scott. This may lead to the talented receiver being available late in the draft.
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The first thing is his physical attributes. Scott is tall and wiry with long arms and tremendous leaping ability. He has good ball skills which creates quite the expansive catch radius. He is a plus route runner who is not afraid of being physical during his routes. Crisp out of the breaks and uses his hands well to gain separation from defenders. Shows great head movement in routes to get defenders moving the wrong way. Seems to make big plays in big situations. High football IQ and shows ability to break off routes when quarterback scrambles.
Could stand to gain a few more pounds to help with physicality in the NFL. Will need to work at beating press coverage on the line. Lacks elite speed which may cause him to slip in the draft. Does not have the quickness to work underneath and at times struggles to get by defenders. Will need to improve as a blocker in order to see the field more.