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April 27, 2013

Scott among several QBs left on NFL draft's final day

Two days and three rounds into the NFL draft, Matt Scott remains without a team. While that is not a revelation, by any means, the same could be said about most of the quarterbacks in this year's pool.

For the first time in 13 years, just three quarterbacks - E.J. Manuel (Florida State), Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Mike Glennon (N.C. State) - have been selected through the first three rounds.

Manuel was the first signal caller off the board, landing with the Buffalo Bills in the first round. Smith, at one time a probable top-12 pick, went to the New York Jets in the second round. Glennon was taken in the following round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Scott will likely hear his name called Saturday, the final day of the draft. Which of the four remaining rounds is still a bit of a mystery, which has been a theme throughout the draft for several prospects. The top of the draft was littered with offensive and defensive linemen, but very few skill position players.

In that same group of wait-and-see undrafted quarterbacks are: USC star Matt Barkley, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Arkansas's Tyler Wilson and Oklahoma's Landry Jones.

Of the remaining quarterbacks, Scott is graded out as the seventh-best available on the board, according to NFL.com.

Throughout the draft process, the former Arizona standout received interest from the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks - all of which own fourth-round draft picks. The Browns have the most open competition at the position, while the other three teams - all led by former Pac-12 Conference head coaches - are looking for quality backups to quarterbacks with comparable skill sets.

A selection by the Eagles would mean a reunion with former UA star quarterback Nick Foles and a match with former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, who is bringing the spread-option offense back east in his first season. The defending NFC champion 49ers and Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, have Colin Kaepernick, who may be part of the reason for Scott's sudden demand with a similar style. Another quarterback of the same mold is Russell Wilson, the Seahawks starter who took charge of the organization as a rookie last season for ex-Trojans head coach Pete Carroll.

Coming into the draft, Scott, whose stock rocketed dating back to the NFL Combine, was projected as a possible late third-round pick and likely fourth- to sixth-rounder.

Other former Wildcats hoping to hear their name include wide receiver Dan Buckner, fullback/defensive end Taimi Tutogi and center Kyle Quinn. At the very least, all could sign as undrafted free agents.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m., on ESPN and the NFL Network.

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