Charles Scott, RB - LSU
Weight: 239 pounds
40 time: 4.68
A powerful runner who excels at picking up yards after contact, Charles Scott leaves LSU as the school’s seventh-leading rusher with 2,317 yards, and ranked fourth in school history in rushing touchdowns with 32.
A two-year starter who became the team’s primary ball carrier at the beginning of his junior year, Scott has the size and frame that scouts look for in a starting running back. The experience that he built up in the SEC will help him a lot at the next level.
He’s a balanced, north/south, down-hill type of runner who is a load to bring down and he racks up a good amount of broken tackles. Scott doesn’t have elite speed as a running back, but he does have some quickness and agility, however his greatest asset is his size and strength. Scott excels at carrying the ball between the tackles and has the tools needed to be an every-down running back in the NFL. Scott’s best season was his junior year when he rushed for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns on 217 carries.
Only being a two-year starter, Scott doesn’t enter the league with tons of miles on his tires and could remain fresh for quite awhile. Scott’s senior season was derailed after nine games due to a broken collarbone; the injury also forced him out of participating in the Senior Bowl. He lacks an elite burst and isn’t going to be a burner once he reaches the open field. He’s a fine blocker in the passing game, but with only 31 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns through the air during his career, he may need to continue to develop as a receiver out of the backfield.
Scott’s injury concerns me for only one reason; when a running back breaks his collarbone, often times it is because he runs too upright, which may have been the case here. Running lower to prevent injury may be something that he will want to concentrate on at the next level. Scott was also never the full-time ball carrier with the Tigers, considering backup Keiland Williams stole a decent amount of carries away. I project that Scott will be drafted in the fourth-to-fifth round.
Scott is the next in a line of productive LSU running backs to enter the NFL (Joseph Addai, Domanick Williams, Kevin Faulk). Scott has most of the tools needed to be a starting running back in the NFL, it’s just a question of whether or not he’s capable of taking on a full-load; landing with a team where he could work in a committee would work well for him. I could also see him landing with a team as a short-yard/goal-line back, given his success in college at the goal line.
Notes: Was named first-team All-SEC by the coaches as a junior. Coming out of high school, Scott was rated the No. 8 running back in the nation by Rivals.com. He also was an all-district performer in both basketball and baseball in high school.
The 2010 draft class seems to have more than its share of big backs, and at 239 pounds Scott definitely falls into that category. In today’s NFL that slots him as the Mr. Inside half of a committee, and while he’s proven capable of shouldering a healthy workload in college he may not have enough speed to be a true feature-back option in the pros. However, that didn’t stop backs like Baltimore’s Le’Ron McClain from providing fantasy value.
The injury concern for Scott is valid, especially since he’ll be asked to bang that once-broken collarbone into NFL-sized defenders anywhere from five to 25 times every Sunday. But as a back projected to go on the third day of the new draft format, odds are he’ll be slotted into a part-time role at least to start. Plenty of teams could use a thick back with a nose for the stripe, and if that’s at the low end of Scott’s NFL potential then he’s the kind of dynasty league pick who could make that late-round flier pay off in a big way.