With the 236th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected TCU safety Vernon Scott. He is a rarity in this Packers draft class, only the second defender the team has chosen this weekend. He also snaps a string of three consecutive picks to select an offensive lineman on the draft’s third day.
The Packers have hit special teams hard in this draft, and Scott gives them another viable teamer. That’s sure to be his pathway to a roster spot with the safety position on lockdown by veteran Adrian Amos, 2019 first-round pick Darnell Savage Jr., and depth with promising youngsters Raven Green, Will Redmond and Chandon Sullivan.
Weight: 206 pounds
40 time: 4.56 seconds
Started all 10 games he played as a senior, his first year as a full-time starter.
Finished fourth on the team with 44 tackles, adding two tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and seven defended passes.
Scott is built like a natural safety, barely over 200 pounds. That means his primary role on defense will likely be in the secondary, rather than the hybrid position coordinator Mike Pettine utilizes.
Brian Gutekunst said
"He’s a mid-4.4 guy. He’s got the size, he’s about 6-1, 200 pounds. We really like his versatility. He’s got a little bit of that ability to play safety, but he can cover in the slot a little bit. He’s a little of a late bloomer, some struggles to get through the early part of his college career but once he took off this year, we just really liked his upside. "
Vernon Scott said
On his game
"My game is, I’m a very rangy guy. I’m a very versatile guy. I think being able to show my athleticism on the defense in many ways throughout the Packers defense. I’m a versatile guy. I can play deep, I can come down and guard tight ends, running backs, come off the edge. I did all of that at TCU, so I feel like I’m a very versatile player. I can be used many ways in the Packers defense."
On importance of special teams to his game
"(TCU) Coach Gary Patterson really imparted into all his players that special teams is a part of the game. It’s a fact that it’s the most important thing in the game because a special teams play can change a game. So going into TCU my freshman year, I knew I was going to have to earn my stripes as a special teams player and I was personally OK with that. I came in and made plays. I’ve been on special teams my whole four years at TCU. It’s really a blessing that Coach P teaches his players that special teams matters. So when it translates to the league, I’ll be ready to do anything you guys ask me, man. If it’s to run down there and cover punts, hold the gunner up, kickoff returner, kickoff anything, I’ll do anything because at TCU that was the mindset we had. To make special teams a priority in the game."
On relationship with former TCU teammate Ty Summers, a seventh-round pick by Packers last season
"Me and Ty are really good friends. Ty was kind of my big brother at TCU. When I came in my freshman year, he kind of took me under his wing. Our lockers are close to teach other. He always gave me tips on how to become a better player and dealing with adversity. He became a big brother to me in the locker room. If I had a question about our defense or something needed to be tweaked, I would ask Ty and he’d always give me a solution for it. If I want to do something, he’d pull me off to the side and be like, ‘Hey man, you’re good man. Just adversity.’ He’d always be a shoulder to lean on during tough times. I’m glad just I’ll be playing alongside him and reuniting with a guy I view as my big brother."