LJ Scott’s Low Risk, High Reward NFL Future – The Only Colors

As recently as 15 years ago, LJ Scott’s decision to leave the Michigan State Spartans for the NFL with a possible year of eligibility remaining would have looked extremely risky. The senior has barely played this season and looked less then effective while on the field.

But in today’s NFL, Scott has the chance to make some NFL executive look like a mid-round draft genius.

Scott, who declared for the NFL Draft earlier this week, exploded onto the scene as a freshman in 2015. In the middle of a busy backfield rotation, Scott made one of the biggest plays in MSU history, fighting his way across the goal line in the 2015 Big Ten Championship Game. Since then, the expectations have been high, but the production has been inconsistent.

In his sophomore campaign, Scott nearly ran for 1000 yards in the relative ambiguity of a 3-9 season, leaving most analysts thinking “if only he was on a good team!” However, the following year as the Spartans rebounded, Scott’s progress went stagnant. His stats looked similar on paper, but Scott fumbled the ball a career high five times in 2017.

An injury-plagued 2018 has given Scott the opportunity to return for a redshirt-senior season, and after two relatively down seasons, that may make sense. But Scott’s decision to jump to the NFL was the right one, and one that may pay off if he can prove himself.

In an ever-evolving draft class, Scott isn’t expected to be one of the top running backs available. He does, however, offer NFL skills that are sure to go noticed in the draft process and earn him a selection. When he is drafted, likely somewhere in the third-to-sixth round, Scott is going to join a team as a low-risk option. On average, players picked in

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