Josiah Scott was the highest Michigan State football player drafted in 2020 and he has a chance to make waves with the Jaguars.
Josiah Scott kept the streak alive back in April, getting selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. This extended Michigan State’s streak of having at least one player picked in the NFL draft to 80 years.
Before the 2019 season, there was talk that guys like Brian Lewerke, Darrell Stewart Jr., Cody White, Raequan Williams, Joe Bachie and Kenny Willekes could all be drafted but that wasn’t the case.
Scott was picked by the Jaguars in the fourth round and then Willekes was picked in the seventh by Minnesota as the only two Spartans to hear their names called. Both had solid shots to make their respective rosters, but the latter suffered an injury and was placed on injured reserve.
After missing some time after a claimed false positive COVID-19 test, Scott returned to training camp this August and turned some heads immediately.
Scott was making plays left and right in camp and it was enough to land him on the active 53-man roster. He joins CJ Henderson and Chris Claybrooks as the other rookie cornerbacks to make the roster and although he’s projected as a backup, he could push for some decent playing time this season behind Tre Herndon.
Herndon is in his second season with the Jaguars and he had 55 tackles, 13 pass deflections and three interceptions last year and Claybrooks was a seventh round pick out of Memphis.
While Scott is behind both Herndon and Claybrooks on the unofficial preseason depth chart, he will have plenty of opportunities to jump one, if not both. He was a top performer in training camp and that could carry over to the 2020 regular season.
We saw it at Michigan State and we’ll see it again in Jacksonville: Scott is going to rise quickly up the depth chart and become an immediate surprise star for the Jaguars.
Not many rookie quarterbacks have his combination of aggression, speed and instincts. Don’t be surprised if he passes up Claybrooks early on in an incredibly young and inexperienced secondary.