Here is what one draft analyst had to say about Green Bay Packers’ undrafted free agent Delontae Scott of SMU.
When it comes to the edge-rusher position for the Green Bay Packers, that is one area of this team that they certainly aren’t lacking any talent. The combination of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith form perhaps the best duo in the NFL and behind them is former 12th overall pick, Rashan Gary.
However, Kyler Fackrell is now with the New York Giants after leaving Green Bay in free agency, meaning that the Packers have an opening on the roster. And who knows, they could decide to keep five edge-rushers which means two spots are available for the taking.
A few names to keep your eyes on this summer include Tim Williams, as well as seventh-round selection Jonathan Garvin, and undrafted free agent (UDFA) Tipa Galeai. Also competing for a roster spot will be another UDFA in Delontae Scott of SMU. But at this point, the practice squad is a more likely route for him.
Scott is an experienced player having appeared in 40 games during his SMU career. During that span he would total 97 tackles, 36 of which were for a loss, along with 18 sacks, and five forced fumbles. However, his senior season in particular was incredibly impressive.
Of Scott’s 39 tackles, nearly half of them (18) went for a loss. On top of that 10 of his 18 career sacks came last season along with three of his forced fumbles. And according to Pro Football Focus, Scott ranked 17th in the nation with 54 total pressures and was the 20th highest graded edge-rusher last season.
Coming off the edge he was a one-man wrecking crew for SMU and as a result, he earned All-AAC second-team honors in 2019.
While the production – especially in 2019 – is certainly impressive, one area that Scott really needs to focus on is getting stronger if he is going to compete consistently at the NFL level. Although that is the case for many of these UDFAs.
For a closer look at Scott’s game and what he brings to the Green Bay Packers, here is the scouting report on him from Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network:
“Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who earned Second Team All-AAC honors and made 39 tackles (18 for loss) with 10 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior in 2019. Made 32 tackles (10.5 for loss) with 4.5 sacks as a junior.
Positives: Hard-working defensive lineman with growth potential. Breaks down well, effectively fights with his hands and works hard to get off blocks. Displays speed off the edge, possesses good length and moves well in every direction of the field. Attracts a lot of double-team blocks.
Negatives: Lacks bulk, gets easily outpositioned from the action and must get stronger. Lacks great pursuit speed and does not show a next-level burst.
Analysis: Scott was a hard-working defensive lineman who got the most from his ability for SMU, but he must get bigger and stronger to have any chance in the NFL.”
Making the final roster is going to be an uphill battle for Scott, but with a good showing this summer the practice squad is certainly within reach. Scott was a productive player at SMU and as Pauline points out, he’s a hard worker with room to grow.