Josiah Scott is expected to be one of the top slot corners in the 2020 draft class. Scott enters the NFL draft after his junior year with the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are coming off of a disappointing season; much of their lack of success can be pointed towards an often abysmal offense. Now that former head coach Mark Dantonio abruptly retired, Scott must be relieved about his decision to enter the draft and for-go his senior year. He’s polished enough to make an immediate impact on an NFL roster.
The Hamilton, Ohio native is just 5’9, which limits him to being a slot corner in the NFL. In today’s passing league, there are plenty of shifty slot receivers that serve as a match-up nightmare. Premium nickel corners are rare, and one with this much talent is hard to pass up.
The Detroit Lions signed Justin Coleman a year ago formally of the Seattle Seahawks. Coleman briefly spent time with Matt Patricia as a member of the New England Patriots. The Lions made him the highest-paid slot-corner in the NFL at the time of the free agent signing, but he struggled in his first season as a Lion last year.
Coleman had some flashes of tremendous play, primarily punching the ball loose from a ball carrier, but he allowed eight touchdown receptions against last season. Coleman allowed seven touchdowns against in the previous four years combined.
With the Detroit Lions having already drafted Jeff Okudah in this mock draft, adding Scott to the mix will give Detroit a much-needed boost in their secondary. Scott made 52 tackles, defended six passes, forced and recovered one fumble, and also intercepted three passes last season.
Scott has plenty of burst to go with his smooth hips and explosiveness. His athleticism and ability to recovery are tremendous assets while working out of the slot. This is an enormous draft pick at 109th overall.