Senior Bowl Spotlight: Artavis Scott, Clemson University
Height: 5’ 10 ¼”
Weight: 193 lbs
Hands: 8 ¾”
Arm: 31 ⅜”
40-yard dash: 4.52 (estimated)
NFL Comparison: Eli Rogers
Scouting Notes: It says something that Scott was the first third-year junior to participate in the Senior Bowl since it’s inception, and though he wasn’t the fastest or explosive receiver on the field by any stretch, I didn’t see Scott drop a catchable ball all week despite having small hands. And they weren’t body catches either – he snatches the ball out of the air with a soft touch. There really isn’t a route Scott doesn’t run, though he’s not going to be a convincing deep threat on the next level. He’s crisp in his routes, if not always urgent, making grabs in tight coverage that would give other receivers trouble. Scott just knows how to adjust his body to the ball to get open, even when he isn’t, and he’s able to swiftly turn his body upfield to get what he can after the catch.
Scott is more quick than fast, staying with the defender until he’s ready to make his move, at which point he uses sharp head movement and body positioning to play bigger than whoever is covering him. That being said, I wouldn’t peg Scott as a blocking asset. He doesn’t tend to make glaring mistakes in that department, but he doesn’t go all out either. One boost to his stock is the fact that Scott’s a solid kick-returner who rarely drops the ball and has quick feet. He’s also stayed major injury free during his time in college. Scott left Clemson after his junior year of eligibility, but did so having already graduated, hence his eligibility for the Senior Bowl.
Fantasy Outlook: A jack of many trades, but not necessarily a master of any, Scott was productive enough in college and possesses sure enough hands to get taken in the mid-rounds of the NFL draft. It doesn’t hurt that he was a busy target on a National Championship winning team. He will likely play the slot in the NFL due to his middling athleticism and lackluster speed, but to his credit, he has shown he can play anywhere he’s needed. I just don’t expect him to excel in any department. I hope he proves me wrong. Scott has second-or-third-option possession receiver written all over him, and while that is useful to teams, he doesn’t strike me as a major fantasy contributor outside of PPR leagues that factor in return yardage. Until we know his exact landing spot, he is not on our radar for early traditional rookie drafts in dynasty leagues outside of the deepest formats.
Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 68 player and No. 10 wide receiver in the nation and No. 8 player in Florida by 247Sports.com … No. 68 player and No. 11 wide receiver in the nation and No. 9 player in Florida by Rivals.com … No. 83 player in the nation and No. 9 player in Florida by ESPN … No. 102 player in the nation by Scout.com … played in the U.S. Army All-American Game … four-year starter at East Lake High School … had 172 receptions for 3,035 yards and 32 touchdowns along with 980 yards and 14 touchdowns on 108 carries, 636 kickoff return yards and 679 punt return yards for 5,330 all-purpose yards and 51 total touchdowns in his career … had 75 tackles in his career … had 37 receptions for 542 yards and five touchdowns along with 729 yards and 13 touchdowns on 67 carries as a senior … led his team to a 13-1 record as a senior … had 64 receptions for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior … had 54 receptions for 1,158 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore … coached by Bob Hudson at East Lake High School … recruited by Tony Elliott.