Daniel Scott NFL Draft

Daniel Scott

  • SAF California
  • Senior
  • #443
  • 6'2"
  • 215lbs
  • Prospect
  • Pac-12

2022 Season

INT

3

PD

3

TACK

51

TD

0

Prospect Summary

Daniel Scott 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Three-star recruit 
  • Posted career highs on both sides of the ball as a senior with 70 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and five interceptions on defense, as well as 41 receptions, 688 yards receiving, and 10 touchdowns on offense

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: 3-4
  • 2022 projected role: Starting free safety

Pros: Daniel Scott hops off the bus with the prototypical build of an NFL safety. Scott is a versatile DB that aligns in multiple spots in the secondary. He is a fluid mover with the range necessary to fit the role of a centerfield/single-high safety. He displays the range to trigger from up high to eliminate the distance between him and the ball carrier. Scott has developed into a playmaker in the back end—if the ball is in his vicinity, he will make a play on it. Scott attacks the ball at the highest point if it is in flight. Scotts seems to be a high-IQ defender. I appreciate his ability to diagnose run versus pass from up high.

Cons: Daniel Scott has the size/frame to project as a hybrid safety prospect. That being said, his run defense takes a dip due to his inconsistencies as a tackler. The effort is not the question for Scott, it is technique. He tends to attempt too many arm or ankle tackles—he accounted for 19 missed tackles in 2021. Once he triggers downhill, he can be a little out of control leading to less-than-ideal leveraging. Scott will be a 25-year-old rookie next season. As an older prospect, his ceiling may not be high enough to warrant an early draft selection. There are a limited number of slot snaps as the nickel to project how effective Scott will be as a man-to-man hybrid defender.

Daniel Scott NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson