Looks natural sitting into his stance when asked to play up near the line and press. However, he isn't real consistent with his bump. Too often likes to play in the trail technique and allows himself to get too upright and will struggle to quickly regain his balance and click and close on the football when he isn't physical off the line.
But, when he does try to re-route off the line he looks much more comfortable maintaining his balance, quickly getting in and out of his breaks and can run with receivers down the field. Exhibits good ball skills and awareness vertically and routinely is able to quickly get his head around and find the throw.
Isn't quite as impressive in zone at this stage, has a tendency to overextend when asked to get a bump off the line and will lose track of the football. Nevertheless, he's a coordinated enough athlete to read his pass keys and put himself in position because of instincts and closing speed to make plays on the football.
Really struggles to keep his pad level down in off-coverage, allows himself to get too leggy when trying to regain his balance out of his breaks and doesn't have much click and close ability on throws in front of him because of it.
Impression: Really seemed to take a step back under the new coaching at USC in 2010. Had some good tape as a junior and looks more like a press only corner to me, but I have reservations thinking this guy can be a starter for you on the outside."
He essentially started the season a game early, earning clearance to play in USC's Emerald Bowl victory over Boston College to end the 2009 season, where he posted two tackles and sealed the Trojans' win with a fourth quarter interception. It was the only interception in his career.
Wright did just about everything right for the Trojans as a senior, ranking third in tackles (73), fourth in tackles for loss (7.5), second in forced fumbles (two) and first in passes broken up (10) and tied for the team lead in fumbles recovered (two) and blocked kicks (one). Athletic, physical and versatile, Wright could wind up as a third- or fourth-round selection.
Positives: Has a smooth, low backpedal and fluid hips to turn and run with receivers. Good balance and foot quickness when changing direction. Good burst out of his breaks to maintain position with the receiver. Keeps an arm extended to ride the receiver throughout the route, but does a nice job of not getting too physical and drawing the flag. Shows a late burst to close on the ball. Competes for jump balls, showing good leaping ability and hand-eye coordination for deflections. Recognizes the toss coming his way and will fight through the receiver block to protect his side of the field. Understands his role in holding the edge and funnels the action back inside to keep contain. Played with much greater physicality in run support as a senior. Might be an ascending player.
Negatives: Only one season as a legitimate starter. Questionable ball skills and had only one career interception. Inconsistent physicality and accuracy with in his hand placement in press coverage. Willing to take a peek in the backfield to gain a jump, which can leave him susceptible to double-moves. Was charged with resisting a police officer following a Labor Day party in 2008. Wright pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace; as part of a plea bargain and only had to pay fines and complete community service hours."
Positive: Athletic prospect with solid size and defensive back skills. Quick flipping his hips off the line, explosive and shows the ability to stay downfield with opponents. Possesses a burst to the ball, plays with aggressiveness, and works hard to defend the throw. Quick up the field and voluntarily defends the run. Shows force on the blitz.
Negative: Marginal instincts and tends to lose a sense of positioning against opponents. Marginal footwork in reverse.
Analysis: After almost two full seasons on the sidelines, Wright returned in 2010 and performed well. He possesses the size and skill to play at the next level but will need time to complete his game before he'll be NFL ready."
Negatives: Not much of a ballhawk or playmaker... Must show better instincts... Needs to work on technique, footwork and turn his hips... Not a ton of experience, despite being in college for five seasons... Still has a lot of developing and learning to do... Missed part of the 2008 season due to a hairline fracture in his next... Was cited for resisting arrest at a party in March, 2009 and then was declared academically ineligible for the 2009 season"
Strengths: Good size speed ratio. Had good SO and JR years as a backup. Can turn and run with WRs.
Weaknesses: Tough to get a read on him with him basically missing 2 years. Neck injury in 08 derailed him and academics in 09.
Wright was all set to step into a starting role in 2008 and did so during the first two games of the season. However, he suffered a neck injury during practice after starting against Virginia and Ohio State and missed the rest of the season. His junior year would have to wait until 2009. But then Wright was ruled academically ineligible and he once again lost his junior season.
Wright has barely had an opportunity to show his stuff heading into 2010. He took full advantage of his chance and played in all 13 games and ranked third on the Trojans with 73 tackles. That is pretty impressive for a cornerback. He also added 7.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. He also led the squad with ten pass breakups and ten passes defended.
Wright could end up being the first Trojan drafted, although Ronald Johnson and Kristofer O'Dowd may have something to say about that. Wright really has only played for one season, but he has the speed and instincts to be a fine corner in the NFL. With some good workouts, Wright could see his stock skyrocket and be off the board in the second round."
Procede At Your Own Risk.
2nd to 4th Rounder. Yes, VERY volatile. NOT for the Faint of Heart.
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