Maryland DB Scott aims high in draft Terps defender could go in second or third round

April 18, 1997|By Paul McMullen

Cornerback Chad Scott, Maryland's hard-hitting cornerback, figures to be selected in the second or third round of the NFL draft tomorrow.

Scott, 6 feet 1 and 189 pounds, is ranked as the fourth-best cornerback prospect by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., and Joel Buchsbaum of Pro Football Weekly lists him as second-best prospect at safety, behind Miami's Tremain Mack, even though Scott never played at safety in his two years at Maryland.

Some mock drafts have had Scott even going in the first round, possibly to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lightly recruited out of Suitland High in Prince George's County, Scott spent the 1993 and '94 seasons at Division I-AA Towson State before transferring to College Park. He made an immediate impact as a junior, and led the Terps in interceptions with five last season.

Scott was in on 79 tackles as a junior, 60 as a senior.

Both Scott and A. J. Johnson, Maryland's other cornerback, played in the Senior Bowl last January, the premier all-star game for college seniors. Johnson, a four-year starter, is not expected to be taken in the draft, but more likely will try to make an NFL team as a free agent.

Kiper lists Maryland's Joe O'Donnell as the fifth-best place-kicker. O'Donnell made 28 of 35 field-goal attempts in three seasons.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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