Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott is a sleeper in the 2023 NFL Draft, but as an expected NFL Combine standout, it's only a matter of time before he's a household name.

Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott doesn’t always get the buzz you’d expect from an early declare, but he has the 2023 NFL Draft scouting report to go off the board early this April. Here’s more on Scott, what’s led him to this point, and what his film does for his projection.

Tyler Scott NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Wide receiver
  • School: Cincinnati
  • Current year: Junior
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”, 185 pounds

Numbers have been, and will continue to be, fairly kind to Scott. They were in high school, when the three-star athlete recruit ran for 44 touchdowns across his final two seasons and added three more scores as a kick returner.

They were kind in 2021, when Scott broke out with 520 yards and five touchdowns on 30 catches. And they were kind in 2022, when Scott upped the ante and went for 899 yards and nine touchdowns on 54 receptions, averaging 16.6 yards per catch.

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Even with the production in mind, Scott’s unconfirmed numbers are even more impressive. He’s reportedly clocked a 4.29 40-yard dash, and there’s a definite speed element to his game that’s confirmed by the tape.

Scott is dynamic and versatile, and he did his best work after a notable QB change for the Cincinnati Bearcats. On the surface, his profile brings plenty to like. Taking a deep dive into the tape, let’s see what else he brings to the table.

Tyler Scott Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Explosive athlete who carries sudden burst out of cuts and can stretch seams downfield.
  • Incredibly twitchy run-after-catch threat with impressive energy and foot speed.
  • Has the short-area agility and body control to stop on a dime and swivel free from DBs.
  • Has a unique brand of long-strider speed for his size, which he uses to attack space.
  • Tracks the ball in the air with predator-like precision and effortlessly adjusts.
  • Can extend beyond his frame, rise vertically, and snare high passes with authority.
  • Has elite hand-eye coordination and precise timing when extending for passes.
  • Hands are very reliable and naturally flow to the ball, even in contested situations.
  • Has shown he can press into stems and use stride variations to offset DBs.
  • Able to use his speed to manipulate blind spots and create space on quick outs.

Areas for Improvement

  • Has a lean frame with an average catch radius, and may weigh lighter than listed.
  • Has excellent long speed, but isn’t always the breakaway threat that’s advertised.
  • Doesn’t quite have elite deceleration ability and sink on comeback routes.
  • Sometimes veers around as he’s decelerating, and can be sharper at stems.
  • At times, can better accelerate and press into stems to bait DBs upfield.
  • Can be easily interrupted and swayed by physicality out of releases.
  • Expectedly struggles to sustain blocks in the run game with slight frame.
  • Hand strength and composure decrease over the middle of the field.
  • Speed gave him free releases often in college, minimizing press experience.

Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott’s Current Draft Projection

Scott’s grade lands him in the top 75 on my board and places him as one of the top 12 wide receiver prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. One of the more under-the-radar early declares this cycle, Scott should emerge as the process unfolds and ultimately take home Day 2 capital.

Scott fits the modern mold of the NFL wide receiver with his athletic tools. At 5’11”, 185 pounds, he’s an elite accelerator with devastating twitch and suddenness in small areas. The twitchiest receivers make it look easy and effortless to offset DBs and accelerate out of cuts, and that’s what Scott does.

On top of his burst and agility, Scott also has high-level catching instincts. He’s one of the best receivers — not just smaller receivers — in the class at tracking the ball, coordinating, rising vertically, and timing his hands to secure passes.

Even against tight coverage, he can maintain composure. That, along with his track speed, makes him a truly dangerous downfield threat.

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Scott falls within a similar category of WR to fellow prospects like Josh Downs, Zay Flowers, and Jordan Addison. What keeps him from rising to their level on the board? Most notably, Scott isn’t quite as refined or consistent when it comes to maximizing his tools as a route runner. He can also be fazed by contact, both out of stems and over the middle of the field.

All that aside, Scott has one of the best combinations of dynamic athleticism and natural catching ability in the class, and that’s a mixture that should grant him early and frequent success in a space-dominated NFL, if utilized correctly.

Scott may need to acclimate early on, as his struggles with physicality could be magnified without elite efficiency as a separator or expansive press experience.

But there’s no replacement for speed. Scott has that speed, both in the deep third and as a short-area mover. That, combined with his ability to rise vertically and snare passes, gives him impact-starter upside and versatility early on.

Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report on Tyler Scott

Strengths: Big-play receiver who is a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands. Very quick, fires off the line of scrimmage, and immediately gets to top speed. Terrific route runner who quickly gets in and out of breaks and separates from defenders. Comes back to the ball, extends his hands, and offers the quarterback a target. Tracks the pass in the air and uses his frame to shield away opponents.

Fights to come away with the contested grab. Lays out or extends to make the catch. Gets vertical over opponents and displays outstanding eye/hand coordination. Displays a sense of timing, has a second gear, and runs away from defenders. Easily makes the reception in stride. Sure-handed.

Weaknesses: Occasionally takes his eyes off the ball, which leads to drops. While he gives effort in battles, he struggles due to his size.

Overall: Scott comes off two outstanding seasons in which he was a threat to take it the distance every time he stepped to the line of scrimmage. Besides being a deep threat, he’s a terrific route runner who catches the ball extremely well, but he comes with size limitations. Scott can fit a variety of offensive schemes and has the ability to be a very productive third receiver.

Ian Cummings is an NFL Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Ian’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @IC_Draft.

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