ALLEN PARK - He can play left or right tackle, and stands at a domineering 6-7, 315 pounds. So why did Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Jonathan Scott slip to the Lions at 141st overall (fifth round) in day two of the NFL draft?
According to some scouts, it was a lackadaisical attitude. Fortunately for Scott, that is a kink that the demanding Detroit Lions coaching staff believes they can work out.
"I think he's a terrific pick, especially where (in the draft) we've taken him," said Lions' offensive line coach Larry Beightol. "He's a big, athletic guy. If there's one thing that probably held him back from going earlier, I think it's his overall body strength, but that's something he can improve upon.
"All he's got to do is get in the weight room, get with some good strength coaches like we have here, and improve his overall body strength."
The Lions aren't exactly sure what position Scott will initially play -- that will come in time. But the fact that he has the ability to be versatile will play in the team's favor.
"I haven't really decided yet. I told (Coach Rod Marinelli and GM Matt Millen) when they took him off the board they could put him at either spot, whatever spot they wanted to put him at. Nothing is etched in granite," said Beightol. "We just want to put him in a spot to start with and then we'll start the experimentation as we get to know a little more about Jonathan."
Excited about his opportunity to block in the National Football League, the Texas product is thrilled to join former collegiate teammates Cory Redding, Shaun Rogers, Roy Williams on the Lions' practice field.
"It will be like the good old days; we can get back to the little fist fights and everything," said Scott during a conference call with the Detroit media. "It is definitely something to look forward to and plus I know the kind of man Cory is. He is definitely a person who can uplift another person to get better. That is definitely a positive."