Michigan State running back

Is Michigan State running back LJ Scott the next Le’Veon Bell?

The next great Michigan State running back

The Eagles will be in the market for a running back this offseason. Whether it be through the draft or free agency the Birds need to establish the ground game. LeGarrette Blount spent one season in Philly but he was effective and helped wear down defenses en route to a Super Bowl. However, the Eagles lacked his presence last season. Michigan State running back LJ Scott could be that Blount esque type runner that can help the Eagles late in games.

Scotts draft profile

Now there was a guy by the name of Le’Veon Bell who had a nice career at Michigan State and ended up being drafted in the second round back in 2013 by the Steelers. There are people who see some Bell in Scott’s game.

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At 6’1 225 Scott is the exact same height and weight as Bell. Now Bell is a proven talent and when on the field is one of the top backs in the NFL. Scott has a ways to go to get to that level but the potential is there.

Steady production for the Spartans

In four years in East Lansing Scott finished with 610 carries for 2,855 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 43 receptions for 403 yards. Consequently, he never went over 1,000 yards in a season but he did finish with 994 yards in his sophomore season.

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As a freshman, he found the end zone 11 times including the game-winning touchdown in the BIG-10 Title game sending the Spartans to the first-ever College Football Playoff.

Would Scott fit with the Eagles?

The Eagles love the committee approach and I could see Scott fitting in very nicely. He has pass-catching ability, can pass protect and is a bruiser that wears on defenses. He does have injury concerns and also was never the bell cow for an entire season. Scott played just five games last year due to an ankle injury.

He did, however, gut it out in his final career game in the Red Box bowl against Oregon carrying 24 times for 84 yards. With that said a coach like Doug Pederson could ignite and get the most out of Scott.

Senior Bowl and Combine

Scott was invited to the Senior Bowl but ultimately could not play as a result of the ankle injury that plagued him for the majority of his senior season. Scott’s next opportunity to impress will come at the NFL Combine.

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The Eagles should certainly have their eye on the Michigan State running back. While he may not be a featured back immediately he can be someone the Eagles develop and maybe he can eventually be the next Bell.

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