Michigan State's Josiah Scott Selected By Jacksonville Jaguars In Fourth Round Of NFL Draft

Michigan State extended its remarkable streak in the NFL Draft, as at least one Spartan has been chosen since 1941, the third-longest streak in the nation (80 straight).

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April 25, 2020 - 2:15 pm
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round (No. 137 overall) of the 2020 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 25.

 

Michigan State extended its remarkable streak in the NFL Draft, as at least one Spartan has been chosen since 1941, the third-longest streak in the nation (80 straight). In addition, MSU is one of just four schools to have had at least one player chosen every year since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967 (Florida, Michigan, USC).

 

A product of Hamilton, Ohio, Scott started all 30 games of his Spartan career and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (second team by the media in 2019; third team by the media in 2017). He had a career-high 55 tackles as a junior in 2019 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten during the regular season with 11 passes defended (eight pass break-ups, three interceptions).

 

Scott finished his Spartan career with 98 tackles, 25 pass break-ups and seven interceptions in 30 games, all starting assignments at cornerback. He elected to forgo his senior season to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

 

As a junior in 2019, Scott was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List and was a member of the team's Eagles Leadership Council. He earned MSU's Jim Adams Award for being the team's most unsung hero on defense. Scott recorded a career-high 12 tackles at Ohio State on Oct. 5 and had interceptions against Northwestern, OSU and Maryland.

 

During his sophomore year in 2018, Scott was sidelined for the first eight games with a knee injury, but still had two interceptions, seven pass break-ups and 13 tackles in five games. He was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after picking off a career-high two passes in the season finale against Rutgers, and was selected the Redbox Bowl Defensive MVP after breaking up a career-high four passes to go along with three tackles vs. Oregon.

 

Scott earned Freshman All-America honors by ESPN.com in 2017 after starting 12 games and collecting 30 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and two interceptions for the nation's seventh-ranked overall defense.

 

Scott is the 10th Spartan defensive back to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2010 (CB Jeremy Ware, seventh round by Raiders in 2010; CB Chris L. Rucker, sixth round by Colts in 2011; S Trenton Robinson, sixth round by Redskins in 2012; CB Darqueze Dennard, first round by Bengals in 2014; CB Trae Waynes, first round by Vikings in 2015; CB/WR Tony Lippett, fifth round by Dolphins in 2015; S Montae Nicholson, fourth round by Redskins in 2017; CB Justin Layne, third round by Steelers in 2019, S Khari Willis, fourth round by Colts in 2015).