With the 243rd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected S Nick Scott in the 7th round.
He showed versatility with the Penn State Nittany Lions by playing three different positions: running back his freshman year, cornerback his sophomore year, and safety his junior and senior year. As Sosa noted in his draft profile of Scott, he doesn’t lack physicality or tackling ability and showed himself to be valuable on special teams as well. He’s got a resume bullet for leadership as well being voted team captain his senior year.
FS Eric Weddle and S John Johnson III man the top spots with rookie S Taylor Rapp locked in as well. The only other two veterans at the position are S Marqui Christian and practice squader S Steven Parker (roster preview). In addition to Scott, Jake Gervase (roster preview) is vying for a spot among the safety depth. Scott may very well get a shot at the defense, but I think more likely he’ll be a special teams exclusive with very few if any defensive snaps.
Based on what I’ve seen and read about Scott, I expect him to show up and give it his all. He wants to lead by example, so I don’t think he’s going to set a low bar. I expect him to make the most out of every single opportunity he’s given during the preseason to show why he belongs on the roster. It helps that he already has a cheerleader.
Chances of making the final roster (8/10)
Scott is solid. but there’s no lack of competition in the safety position. I’m bumping his chances up from maybe a 6 or 7 based solely on the fact that he has a Coach on his side already. Special Teams Coach John Fassel took a liking to Scott calling him one of his favorite special teams players he’s ever studied and doing everything he could to get Scott selected by the Rams. That’s huge praise, and Fassel know’s what he’s talking about.
So yeah, I think he has a spot even if it’s only on special teams.