The Michigan State Spartans have extended the program’s NFL Draft streak to 80 straight years, as cornerback Josiah Scott was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round (No. 137 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, and I could not be more happy to have him go to my favorite NFL team. He is the first Spartan to hear his name called, but likely won’t be the last.
Scott, a three-year starter at MSU, impressed at the NFL Combine and his stock has been on the rise ever since. Many analysts are high on Scott as a plug-and-play nickel slot cornerback in the NFL, although he has plenty of experience playing on the outside, too. Other than concerns about his small stature (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) and durability, scouts, coaches and pundits had mostly positive things to say about Scott’s game.
Amongst Scott’s many accolades at the collegiate level, he received second-team All-Big Ten honors by the the media in 2019, as well as honorable mention recognition by the coaches and a third-team selection by Pro Football Focus. In 2017, he was voted third-team All-Big Ten by the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches as a true freshman. Additionally, he was named to the Freshman All-American team by ESPN, as well the Big Ten Network’s All-Freshman team in 2017.
He joins Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson (the Jaguars’ first round pick at No. 9 overall) as rookie cornerbacks for the team. The rest of the current cornerback group for Jacksonville features Tre Herndon, Rashaan Melvin, D.J. Hayden, Parry Nickerson and Brandon Watson. Scott will likely back up Hayden as the nickelback/slot cornerback and could get playing time on special teams and in dime sets.
For more on Scott, check out his NFL Draft profile.
Congratulations, Josiah! Go Jags! #Duuuval!