Last year, the Green Bay Packers nabbed TCU linebacker Ty Summers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. History repeated itself on Saturday, when the Packers used their seventh-round selection to take Horned Frog safety Vernon Scott.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder didn’t become a starter until his senior season, but he made his mark on special teams before that. As a reserve safety, Scott totaled 38 tackles during his junior season. He started all 10 games he played in 2019, finishing with 44 tackles and seven pass breakups. His biggest highlight came against Oklahoma, when he brought a Jalen Hurts interception back 98 yards to the house, 1 yard shy of a school record.
Scott will fill a depth role with the Packers, who will roll into the 2020 season with Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage as their starting safeties. He’ll compete with returning veterans Will Redmond and Raven Greene for a second-string job, but he’s currently projected for a third-string position, meaning he’ll likely earn his strips the way he did with the Horned Frogs, and that’s on special teams.
The Packers have hit special teams hard in this draft, and Scott gives them another viable teamer. https://t.co/OdkXCMFDsz— Packers News (@PGPackersNews) April 26, 2020
Scott was the fifth and final TCU player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, the most for any Horned Frog draft class in four years. Interestingly, TCU has had one player selected in the seventh round in each of the last four drafts (Summers in 2019, Travin Howard in 2018 and Josh Carraway in 2017). Summers and Howard are still with their respective teams, while Carraway has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams, but is currently a free agent.