Former USF wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round with the 174th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Beginning his collegiate career at NC State before transferring to USF in 2015, MVS played a vital role in the explosion of Willie Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense in 2016 and the Bulls 10-2 campaign this past season.
“Interstate-11” set the school’s single season receiving record in 2017, hauling in 53 passes for 879 yards. Had the game versus UMass not been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, he would’ve stood a good chance at becoming USF’s first 1,000 yard receiver.
The #BayMade product turned heads with his speed in the NFL Combine, running a 4.37 40. That served as the second fastest time among receivers only behind former LSU and now Jacksonville Jaguar wideout D.J. Chark.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say:
“Height, weight, speed prospect with intriguing deep ball capabilities as a big field stretcher. Valdes-Scantling is a work in progress who hasn’t learned how to create leverage within his linear routes and doesn’t have the ball skills he will need to win downfield. He’s probably not ready to help a team just yet, but his issues may be correctable so he’s worth a Day 3 selection as a stash-and-coach prospect.”
Zierlein projected him as a sixth to seventh round pick heading into the draft.
Congrats MVS and good luck!