A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Trent Scott made his way onto the Chargers roster after signing as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 draft. Scott was a standout for Grambling State, a well-known HBCU power in Grambling, Louisiana.
Scott spent five years at GSU, taking a redshirt year during his sophomore season after sustaining a severe injury early on in the year. He was a stalwart along the offensive line, only allowing three total sacks during his college career, including allowing zero during his senior campaign. In that season, he was named to the First-Team All-SWAC squad.
Scott was widely considered a long-shot to make the team this time last year, however, due to lack of depth and a lack of investment at the position through the draft, Scott has been just a single injury away from a starting role in this Chargers’ offense. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view/are a fan of Trent), Scott is now the expected starter at left tackle for the Chargers going into the 2019 regular season with Russell Okung set to miss time due to his pulmonary embolism.
College: Grambling State
Years with team: 1
“Trenton Scott signed a 2 year, $1,050,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $525,000. In 2019, Scott will earn a base salary of $570,000, while carrying a cap hit of $570,000.” - Spotrac.com
There is something to be said about starting out as an undrafted free agent at a mid-major program and finding your way onto a team’s 53-man roster during your first professional season. Scott’s physical measurements are what any team would want in a prospective offensive tackle and it’s obvious that he has been improving consistently enough to warrant retaining a spot on this Chargers team.
Trent hasn’t seen much playing time, outside of a single start in place of Okung during the team’s first contest against the Oakland Raiders last season. The Raiders arguably had the worst pass-rushing unit in the NFL at the time but Scott still managed to keep Rivers clean enough to walk away with a victory.
Scott biggest knock as a player is his lack of experience playing top-notch talent. There’s obviously a chance for him to have gained a healthy dose of reps against the likes of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram over the last 365 days and if you’re a fan of the phrase, “Iron sharpens iron”, then you may be feeling a little more confident than the majority in Scott’s future.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2019?
Scott is 100% making this roster because, sadly, he is the last line of defense for Philip Rivers on the left side of the offensive line. Consider him the left tackle for the foreseeable future.
Fun Fact: Scott led his team with 39 pancake blocks his senior year at Grambling State.