Herd's Scott drafted by Seattle in 6th round
Just hours after Scott walked across the stage to receive his diploma after graduating from Marshall, he heard his name called on another stage — only this one a bit bigger.
Scott’s name was announced on the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as the 6th round (199th overall) selection by the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Draft.
“It’s just overwhelming right now,” Scott said. “Looking at it from a football side, I have to be ready to go in and compete because I know they preach competitive excellence.”
After Marshall’s Pro Day festivities in Huntington, Scott said the Seahawks returned to Huntington two weeks ago to see him work out once more.
They must have been impressed with what they saw as they made Scott their second offensive line choice of the draft, joining Missouri tackle Justin Britt who was selected to end the second round.
Scott said he’s excited for the challenge that lies ahead of making the roster of the Super Bowl champions.
“It’s an explosive offense powered by Russell Wilson and they have a nasty defense with Richard Sherman and (Cam) Chancellor and those guys,” Scott said.
If ever there was an area that needed improvement in 2013 for the Seahawks, it was at offensive line where starting left tackle Russell Okung was injured, leaving Seattle searching for depth and with an offense that sputtered at times with Wilson not having time to throw.
The Seahawks ranked 25th out of 32 NFL teams in pass blocking and 23rd in run blocking while also committing more offensive line penalties than all but two NFL teams.
In Scott, Seattle is getting the anchor of a Marshall offensive line unit that amassed 7,005 yards of total offense in 2013. During the 2013 year, Scott allowed just a half-sack in 14 games.
In each of Scott’s years as a starter for the Herd, the offense has been in the top 15 Division I offenses nationally.
Scott said the 2013 season was a memorable one with the Herd winning the Military Bowl over Maryland to clinch its first 10-win season since 2002. That mark included a Conference USA East Division title.
“This year was good all-around for our team,” Scott said. “I felt like I grew as a player under Coach Mirabal.”
Now, Scott’s chapter as a Marshall student-athlete has closed, but he is excited for the next chapter as an NFL player.
“This was one of my dreams as a little kid,” Scott said. “I always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Now that it’s here and I’m part of the team, it’s a dream come true, but I know I’ve got to get back to work.”