Round 7 pick 243
Penn State University safety Nick Scott was a best-player-available selection for the LA Rams in round seven. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 201 pounds, Scott was clearly a best-player-available selection for the team. Fortunately though, with the recent news of veteran safety Eric Weddle’s retirement, Scott will be promoted to more playing time in 2020.
While Scott only saw 15 defensive snaps, he was very active on special teams, where he saw 378 snaps, good for 80 percent. Round seven selections are often chosen for their fit on special teams, and Scott was a solid agile defensive back who makes a bigger boom when tackling than expected at just 200 pounds.
Despite his limited usage, he still managed to earn a PFF grade of 66.9. For a rookie, that was a nice return from round seven.
Look for Scott to count for a larger role on the team this season. The Rams have been incredibly successful at replenishing the ranks by developing late rounds or even undrafted talent through special teams play, a backup role, and eventually a starting role on the team. Without Weddle, the team will turn to Scott to contribute on nickel and dime defensive packages. In 2020, Scott should be ready for more responsibility on the defense.