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Michigan State’s LJ Scott has the necessary tools to become a premier third-down back, and possibly more. But would he be a good fit in Washington?

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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LJ Scott, RB
School: Michigan State | Conference: Big Ten
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 227 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th - 6th round
NFL Comparison: Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

College Statistics

Player Overview

Though LJ Scott was unable to reach at least one thousand yards in a season during his career, he still is one of the better backs to come through Michigan State. Scott ranks ninth in school history in yards and carries, 12th in rushing touchdowns, 13th in total touchdowns, and 18th in all-purpose yards. His final season as a Spartan, unfortunately, was injury plagued, only playing five games on the season. As a pro football player Scott is looking to bounce back from a disappointing finish at Michigan State and be an added boost to a teams backfield.


  • Decisive runner with good burst
  • Very good and quick feet for back of his size
  • Has good jump cut near line of scrimmage, capable of making first man miss consistently
  • Very good pass catcher, and route running is above average for running back


  • Often times does not play up to his size, lacks power for his frame. Issues may become big problems in situational football (goal line or short down and distances).
  • Must improve pad level, struggles getting low and getting extra yards
  • Ball security may be an issue, lost seven of ten career fumbles (2015-2017)

Let’s see his work (RB, #3)

How he would fit on the Redskins

LJ Scott has the ability to become an immediate impact player, but not in the sense of a power back role. For reasons noted, he has to improve his playing strength in order to become a more respected power runner as a pro. However, he does have quick feet, vision, burst, and hands to become a solid role player in the pros. Scott is a back that has the potential to fill in for Chris Thompson down the road if his development continues on the pro level. He has to improve his ability to pass protect, but if Scott can learn the role of a third-down back and grow to play in his frame, he is a back that can compliment Derruis Guice really well as they continue to gain NFL experience.