Whether you know him for his name or his actual performance on the field, Scooby Wright is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class. He became known after a tremendous sophomore season where he turned in 14 sacks, arguably the most dominant defensive season in NCAA history, on his way to a handful of prestigious defensive awards. This past season didn’t go to plan as Wright missed the majority of the season as he dealt with knee and foot injuries.
Name: Scooby Wright III
Projection: 2nd-3rd round
Comparison: Clay Matthews
- Very active from play-to-play
- High motor
- Rushing the edge
- Run defense
- Lateral quickness
- Overruns tackles/poor angles
- Durability is a question mark
It’s easy to love a guy like Scooby Wright. He’s the type of player who leads by example and gives 100% on every single play. He’s extremely active in the front 7 and gets all around despite his lack of elite athleticism and lateral quickness. He plays the game the way it should be played, with a very high motor and undeniable effort.
Wright has great versatility, he can play inside or outside, and even line up on the edge with his hand in the dirt and rush the passer. (14 sacks in 2014) He’s your prototypical linebacker with great size and tackling skills. He’s solid against the run and rarely gets beat – although he’ll overrun tackles and take poor angles at times.
He is a smart player with good instincts and awareness. He is a tough player, but his durability is a question mark after a knee and foot injury in the same year just weeks apart from each other. If you watched him in the bowl game, his first game back since earlier in the season, he made a huge impact early on and didn’t miss a beat which was great to see.
A team is going to fall in love with Wright and most likely make him a first round pick on draft day based on his attitude and playing style. His versatility gives teams a variety of options on how to use him which is another bonus. His injury concerns shouldn’t hurt his stock, but may shy some teams away. Wright will be a solid linebacker in the NFL and could develop into one of the best.