The Bears on Saturday selected Cincinnati receiver Tyler Scott with the 133rd pick in the fourth round of the draft.
The speedy 5-11, 185-pounder appeared in 30 games in three seasons with the Bearcats, catching 87 passes for 1,439 yards and 14 touchdowns. Last season Scott was named second-team American Athletic Conference after establishing career highs in all receiving categories with 54 receptions, 899 yards and nine TDs.
After playing running back throughout his career at Norton High School in Ohio, Scott was switched to receiver upon arriving at Cincinnati in 2020.
Scott played sparingly while learning a new position as a freshman. He became a starter in 2021 on a Bearcats team that reached the College Football Playoff but was surrounded by talent at the receiver position. One teammate, Alec Pierce, was selected by the Colts in the second round of last year's draft.
"I had so many great players around me," Scott said. "I kind of took a step back and realized what was going on around me and realized that it may not have been my time yet to be that No. 1 guy, so for me, it was just being a reliable target. There were times in my sophomore year where I'd have one catch, one touchdown and that was all that was called for me. So my job was to mke a huge impact on special teams, which I did.
"Then going into my third year, we lost a lot of guys into the draft and it was time for somebody to step up. So, I remember telling my coach I felt like I was the No. 1 receiver on the team and I felt like I was the go-to guy. Going into that year, my last year, it was just continue to work and prepare and prove myself to be that No. 1 guy. I was able to accept that challenge and make the best of it."
Scott, who was timed at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, caught TD passes of 81 and 53 yards in 2021 and 41, 75, 61 and 76 yards in 2022.
"Love his speed," said Bears Midwest area scout Ryan Cavanaugh. "Great kid. He can really take the top off. Justin [Fields] is going to like throwing to him deep. He does that well. I think he surprises us with route running and quickness and just everything about him. He's a tough kid. He's tough at the catch point. He's really good with the deep ball, getting open deep as well as fighting for the ball deep. Good at tracking it. Good hands downfield. Just an awesome kid."
Scott brings versatility to the Bears because he can play both outside and in the slot.
"He can get in and out of breaks," Cavanaugh said. "He's quick. He's explosive. He's twitchy. He can get open. He can uncover underneath as well as deep."
Scott's background as a running back helps him gain yards after the catch.
"He's got good vision, good toughness," Cavanaugh said. "He's a physical player. I think all of that adds to his makeup and how he's going to go forward and produce for us."
Cavanaugh added that Scott also excelled covering punts at Cincinnati.
"He had a lot of success as a gunner on punt team," Cavanaugh said. "He's really good at it … using his quicks and his speed to cover, but he's also a tough, strong, physical guy, despite his size."
As a kid, Scott participated in the junior Olympics, placing fourth in the nation in the 400-meter dash. In addition to playing football in high school, he also lettered in basketball and track and field.
With the 133rd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Bears select Cincinnati receiver Tyler Scott.