One day after the Jaguars signed the first of their two first-round selections from the 2020 NFL Draft, the team officially signed fourth-round selection, cornerback Josiah Scott, the Jaguars announced today.
The #Jaguars have signed fourth-round CB Josiah Scott, the team announces.— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) July 17, 2020
Scott, selected with the 137th overall pick in this year’s draft, was second of three fourth-round selections by the team this year. Scott opted to enter the draft after just three seasons at Michigan State, accumulating 95 total tackles (64 solos), six interceptions and one forced fumble throughout his career.
With a need at cornerback, the Jaguars opted for Scott who will likely slide into the team’s scheme as a nickel corner, initially starting on the team’s special teams unit. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell was asked about what Scott brings to the table, specifically why he would be a good fit for the Jaguars defense this year shortly following the draft.
“Easy. Excellent toughness, physical, plays bigger than his size. Feel like that he’s a natural fit inside, but also feel like he can also take some reps outside. So his makeup, his leadership skills, his football intelligence,” Caldwell said.
“Really was one of the players where - to be quite frank - because he came out early that I wasn’t real familiar with early on in the process, like last summer. But as they started watching, watch the tape, you fall in love with him relatively easily.”
Scott, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds will look to make his impact on the team in as many was as he can. When speaking with reporters following his selection, Scott seemed receptive to what the coaches said he would be brought in to do.
“They said am I ready to go in and play a slot. I definitely am,” said Scott. “I definitely can contribute to special teams. And that’s what they asked about also. I think that’s what they’re expecting of me, is just to go in and play nickel and special teams and contribute.”
The Jaguars have now signed eight of their 12 draft selections, including Scott, cornerback CJ Henderson, wide receiver Laviska Shenault, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, offensive lineman Ben Bartch, linebacker Shaq Quarterman, wide receiver Collin Johnson and tight end Tyler Davis.
Remaining to be signed are first-round selection (20th overall) outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, fifth-round selection safety Daniel Thomas, sixth-round selection quarterback Jake Luton and seventh-round selection KR/CB Chris Claybrooks.