Florida’s Wright is ready to move up in draft
There’s no denying that Tennessee’s Eric Berry was the talk of Indianapolis on Tuesday after putting on one heck of a workout in front of NFL officials.
But after Berry, who was the next best safety?
Earl Thomas? Nope.
Taylor Mays? No.
Chad Jones? Um…maybe.
However, if forced to give an answer, I might very well say Florida’s Major Wright, who started off the day with an impressive 4.48 time in the 40 and was consistently one of the top performers in position drills.
At 5-11, 206 pounds, Wright isn’t one of those tall, leggy defensive backs who needs a couple of steps to get up to speed, nor is he consistently forced to chop his feet in order to regain his balance. He’s a compact, thickly built kid who possesses natural body control in and out of his breaks and displays the coordination needed to keep his feet under him and cleanly redirect in space.
He also showcases the ability to quickly get up to speed when asked to turn and run and plays a lot faster in his first three steps than just about any other safety who might have timed better than him at the combine.
You could also easily make the case that Wright was not only one of the most fluid safeties during position drills yesterday, he was simply one of the most fluid defensive backs at the combine, regardless of position. However, because he was DB 58, the last defensive back to work out each time through, everyone seemed more concerned about getting back to Taylor Mays than taking an objective look at Wright.
Wright wasn’t a guy who left the NFL Combine as a “media darling” who will be talked about at the water cooler from now until the draft. But in my opinion, he was impressive throughout his workouts, showing well enough in both the position drills and timed drills to potentially move himself firmly into the second-round range.
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