CLEMSON — The plan for Dorell Scott this weekend is to just take it easy, enjoy the beautiful…
"I still want to put that helmet on," Scott said with a smile following Pro Day at Clemson University Tuesday afternoon.
It appears Scott is going to get his wish.
The 6-foot-2, 317-pound defensive tackle is being courted by just about every 3-4 team that needs a nose tackle for next month's NFL Draft.
He has already worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots and he has visits scheduled in the coming weeks with the New York Jets, Miami, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Though Scott comes from a 4-3 defense, scouts in the 3-4 schemes like his initial quickness off the snap, especially for a player his size.
"I played strictly nose guard here so I figured I was going to get looked as a nose guard," he said. "I just want the opportunity. I will play defensive tackle or nose guard. It really doesn't matter."
Scott is going to get that opportunity because he shows good balance and can redirect his momentum to close lanes, things he again demonstrated during Tuesday's Pro Day when he ran bag drills and hip drills for the two dozen or so scouts that were on hand.
"It was just to show them that I can move around," Scott said. "I felt pretty good. I don't think I made any errors in any drills. I felt pretty good."
Scott did not do any running or lifting at Clemson's Pro Day Tuesday as he already put up good enough numbers at the NFL Combine last month including a 4.9 time in the 40.
A preseason Outland Trophy candidate, Scott did not have the kind of senior season he envisioned for himself or his team. Thanks to a knee sprain his numbers dropped after combining for 104 tackles, eight sacks and nine tackles for a loss during his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Though he still recorded 39 tackles last year and his 7.5 tackles for a loss ranked fourth on the team, he wants to prove to the scouts in these workouts and interviews that they are going to get the player from his sophomore and junior years instead of the one who last year battled through injuries.
"I just want to play," Scott said. "That's what I hoped I showed them. I want to show them that I can still play."
Scott said it is hard to get a grip on what scouts are thinking because they stay so generic in their descriptions when they talk to him.
"They leave you kind of out there. They really don't say anything to you," he said. "I felt good and I think I did well, but there is none of this ‘you did good in that and you did well in this.'"
There is still some work left to do for Scott. Scouts want to see him improve his hands when he comes off the ball and work on his leverage. They also want to see him build up his endurance as he has a reputation for taking plays off here and there.
Scott believes he still has a lot to prove to the scouts, but he has been pleased with his progress. He feels he might have worked his way back into a day one pick as a late second-round guy, but he definitely feels like he will go in the third round.
One thing remains certain - he did not do anything to hurt that status Tuesday, and in fact he may have helped it.
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