The 2020 NFL Draft came and went, seeing just two Stanford Cardinal players selected within its seven rounds. Colby Parkinson headed a bit north to the Seattle Seahawks while Casey Toohill headed east to join the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Stanford influence into the NFL wasn’t quite done though as Cameron Scarlett quickly signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.
Though unlikely to have much of an impact in terms of starting running back role with the Titans thanks to the league’s leading rusher in Derrick Henry from a year ago, Scarlett adds a complementary piece to the Tennessee backfield. And a solid complementary piece at that.
Tennessee did also draft Darrynton Evans from Appalachian State so it’s likely that Scarlett will have to battle for a RB3 type role this summer and fall.
Still, if you have someone to teach you to be a pro, it may as well be the best running back from a season ago and that league’s leading rusher.
This is a great matchup and fit for Scarlett, who ran for 840 yards on 201 carries with seven touchdowns a season ago. What makes it more intriguing, for me at least, is Scarlett’s ability out of the backfield as he caught 25 balls for 240 yards. The Titans do a great job of utilizing their pass-catching backs out of the backfield, and that’s the role that Scarlett could fill.
Congratulations, Cameron! We’re rooting for you. Grind hard and earn that spot!