Dec. 15, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott (10) drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Draft Target Profile: QB Matt Scott

I’m kicking off my draft player profiles with a potential backup QB that I think the Seahawks may take a very long look at. There aren’t a lot of options available in this draft that are the type of players that the Seahawks have said they are looking for.

With all that in mind, lets start with Arizona QB Matt Scott, who in my mind is the most likely player to be drafted to become Russell Wilson’s backup.

Scott presents a problem in that his arm strength is poor. He’ll never be an NFL starter unless he sees a drastic on unprecedented increase in his arm strength. Normally that would mean I’d simply take him off of my draft board all together, but not in this case.

Scott offers some unique elements that I believe will make him valuable to the Seahawks. He ran an offense that included the read-option in college, and did it quite well. He’s also got a quick release and a high level of accuracy which will allow him to complete a fairly high % of his passes at the NFL level.

The problem is that if he has to start for an extended period of time, defense will figure him out. They’ll bring the safeties up make the already tiny passing windows in the NFL even smaller. Thing might get ugly if Scott had to start a number of consecutive games.

On the other hand, I think that Scott is exactly what Seattle would need to come in and finish a game, and maybe play in a “spot start” scenario. Seattle would be able to run their normal offense would not have to run an entirely different like they would have to do now with Matt Flynn.

Draft Projection: 5th – 6th round


  • Quick Release
  • Does well in read-option
  • Accuracy
  • Throws well on the run


  • In pocket footwork is a mess
  • Lacks arm strength

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  • Hawkman54

    Don’t Follow this – You can teach some things BUT a truly WEAK arm you can’t teach. Bad call !

    • 12thMan_Rising

      This is just the first of many player profiles. don’t take it so literally. I’m not suggesting that they should take Scott, just pointing out that he’s a possibility, especially if he’s there in the 6th round when the Seahawks pick.

  • mattob

    No. There are other QBs that can fit the scheme, lest we forget at RW3 didn’t play a read-option in college . EJ Manuel would be a much better choice for the Seahawks, even if it takes a 3rd Rounder to get it. Seahawks need a backup who can start and keep team on a nearly similar level because clearly RW3 is one of the rare Franchise QB types.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      EJ will be my next profile. I think he could go in rd 2, especially with Chip Kelly in Phily now. You’re right that he’s also a very good fit, and a much better prospect that Scott is.

  • Monster

    What about Seneca Wallace? He has similar skills to DangeRuss, and is familiar with the ball-control style offense that Bevell runs. He is currently out of work and should be relatively inexpensive. I know Pete Carroll cut him, so that may answer my question… but it seems like a good fit to me.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I’ve heard this suggestion of number of times. I don’t think PC wants to go with an older player. Guys like Wallace would be a 1 year stopgap, and the Seahawks track record is to fill in with youth.

      • Monster

        Signing Wallace to a 3 year contract would seem reasonable considering his age. The backup NFL quarterback has become a stopgap position. Look at Kirk Cousins. Assuming he continues to show ability, he won’t be on the Redskins roster in 3 years. Wallace may be a career backup, but at least they know what they’re getting. That said, if Seattle can find a better guy in the later rounds of the draft, then I’m cool with that too.

  • Hawk_Eye

    I like E.J. Manuel if we can get him in the 4th round or later.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I agree, but I don’t think he’ll be available. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles take him in round 2 to be Chip Kelly’s QBOTF.

  • Ontime34

    This kid doesn’t look accurate to me… And he took a lot of unnecessary hits. No thanks

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Taking unnecessary hits is true, though I think that had a lot to do with the coaching and the offense. He was never trying to avoid contact. I think that was the plan.

  • Chris

    Seems like his weak arm is a bit exaggerated. One of those throws went 50 yards in the air without him putting everything into it, and there seemed to be quite a few throws with okay zip on it (not great, but I was expecting worse).