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Arizona QB Scott sharp; has high interest from seven teams

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Quarterback Matt Scott's first post-Pro Day interview will be with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Scott, who threw at Arizona's Pro Day on Thursday while letting his impressive Combine numbers stand, will meet with the Eagles on Monday. He said the team will work him out in California late this month.

Scott would seem to be a good fit with the offense of new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who offered Scott a scholarship to Oregon after the quarterback had already committed to Arizona.

Scott said other teams expressing the most interest at this point include Arizona, Seattle, Washington, Buffalo, Jacksonsville and San Diego. The Jags are an intriguing team because their new quarterbacks coach, Frank Scelfo, was the QBs coach at Arizona for two of Scott's years with the Wildcats.

The Pro Day was closed to the media, but Scott's quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr., said he attempted 85 passes in front of about 25 scouts. Scott might have thrown more but the top receiver at the workout, Dan Buckner, tweaked a hamstring and did not catch.

"I have never seen, let alone heard of, a workout that consisted of 85 throws," Whitfield said.

"Usually guys stay in the 60, 65 range. When you go past that threshold, you're putting yourself out there for all the world to see. Now, you're going to show your stamina, your strength, in that extra 20 throws. Can my mechanics hold up? Is my focus there? Is my accuracy going to be consistent enough?

"He showed that. So, one, he is competitive enough to go that distance, and two, he went out there and gutted it out after losing his No. 1 guy."

Scott, a dual-threat quarterback, showed his explosion at the Combine, with a time of 3.99 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.69 seconds for the three-cone drill, ranking at or near the top of the best marks for quarterbacks in more than 10 years. He ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds.

Scott, projected as a fifth-round pick by, seems to be working his way up draft boards. He said he's made the biggest technical strides with his footwork after playing in the full-time shotgun spread of coach Rich Rodriguez. And he's added about 16, 17 pounds after ending last season at a too-light 195 pounds.

"It was very important," he said of the weight gain. "Teams just saw a guy who was pretty light and an injury risk.

"I feel it's kind of irrelevant, but teams look at that as a big question mark when it comes to durability. It's pretty big, putting that weight on."

Scott said he hopes to add a few more pounds before some other private workouts.

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