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Chargers 90-in-90: OT Trent Scott

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The former First-Team All-SWAC performer allowed zero sacks as a senior at GSU.

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Offensive lineman Trent Scott is a native of Hunstville, Alabama and played his high school ball at Lee High School. While at Lee, Scott was a three-time all-state selection and played along side NFL wide receiver Chester Rogers, who followed Scott to Grambling State to play their college ball.

While at GSU, Scott only allowed three total sacks across his entire career. In 2017, his final collegiate season, Scott didn’t allow a single defender to sack his quarterback. That is quote the accomplishment for any offensive lineman, regardless of the level of competition they’re playing at. Scott unsurprisingly earned First-Team All-SWAC honors for his efforts.

However, thing got sour real quick once Scott signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. Due to an injury to left tackle Russell Okung, Scott was thrust into the right tackle spot after Sam Tevi flipped to the left side for the team’s week three matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

On the very first play for Scott, veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh strategically lined up across from Scott, knowing full well that he was by-far the weakest link along the Chargers’ front five. Within seconds of the snap, Suh shoved his hand into Scott’s neck area and walked the rookie straight into the lap of Philip Rivers to secure the sack. It was a heck of a “Welcome to the NFL” moment for Scott and certainly humbled the then 22-year old.

Scott recorded his first NFL start at left tackle on October 7 against the Raiders in place of Okung. That was his only start as a rookie but he did contribute in seven more games after that.

In 2019, Scott started the first seven contests of the year due to Okung sidelined from a pulmonary embolism he experienced during the offseason. He would start two more games later that season while participating in all 16 games.

Basic Info

Height: 6’5
Weight: 320
College: Grambling State
Experience: 2
Years with team: 2

Contract Status

“Trent Scott signed a 1 year, $750,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $750,000. In 2020, Scott will earn a base salary of $750,000, while carrying a cap hit of $750,000.” - Spotrac.com

The Good

Scott brings great size to the position while maintaining some decent quickness when he’s tasked with climbing to the second level.

The Bad

It took Scott only one play to allow the first sack of his NFL career when he got paired up with Ndaukong Suh back in 2018. While it probably forced Scott to take a step back and realize how much he has to improve on if he wants to hang around at this level. He’s got great size but needs to start playing like some with his mass.

He’s also got to get more consistent with his punch in pass protection. Far too often he punches wide and to the outside which is then taken advantage of by pass rushers who are able to catch him off kilter. He also needs to learn how to break down better at the second level. Too often he doesn’t stop his momentum and linebackers are able to run right past him without having to put their hands on him.

I also don’t see enough “pop” in the run game with him. The defender is front of him should look like he just got hit with a blunt object, at least occasionally, when Scott delivers a blow. Too often lineman are able to hold their ground against him, even when he has help on double teams.

Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?

Scott likely makes this final roster as the last offensive lineman on the team. After the starting five, there will be one backup at each position and with Sam Tevi and/or Trey Pipkins playing left tackle, Scott seems to be the main backup to Bryan Bulaga. Unless there are multiple injuries to the tackle group, I don’t expect Scott to see the field outside of snaps on the field goal unit.