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.

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

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

Coaches tape (unfortunately mostly broadcast viewing angle) from bowl game vs Nevada: