2023 NFL Draft

California Safety Daniel Scott Has Pre-Draft Visit Scheduled With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly hosting California safety Daniel Scott on a pre-draft visit next month. According to The Mercury News, Scott has two April visits lined up with teams, the Detroit Lions and the Steelers.

“The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions already are planning to host Scott for pre-draft visits next month, with more suitors likely, especially after his speedy showing at the combine.”

Scott is a sleeper name in an underwhelming safety class who turned heads at this year’s Combine. There, he ran a 4.45 40 with a  39.5 inch vertical, 10’8″ broad and great shuttle times, 4.17 in the short shuttle and 6.75 in the three cone. At 6’1, 208 pounds, it’s a fantastic athletic profile that clearly has teams interested. According to Kent Lee Platte’s Relative Athletic Score, Scott scored a 9.91, a top-ten number of any safety the last 35 years.

Scott also had a nice showing at this year’s Senior Bowl. An older prospect at this year’s draft who spent six years at Cal, he recorded 207 career tackles with seven interceptions, six of them coming in his final two seasons with the team. As you’ll see linked below, we interviewed Scott in Mobile, him telling us he stayed at Cal to keep improving his game and helping the program. He would go on to become a team captain for the 2022 season, providing leadership on a team in transition that hasn’t had a winning season since 2019.

One of his biggest moments came when he pick-sixed TCU QB Max Duggan in 2021, jumping a route and making a house call.

With a safety class that looks relatively unimpressive, Scott is a name to keep an eye on. He has size, ball skills, and range to cover in centerfield. He’s currently projected as a mid-Day Three selection but it’s possible he goes a round earlier than people expect. Look for a full scouting report on Scott before next month’s draft. You can follow our pre-draft visit tracker here and check out our interview with Scott below.

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