How it got here: Linebacker Micah Parsons has received the most headlines for obvious reasons: As the 12th overall pick, Parsons is the highest pick in the Cowboys’ draft since they selected Ezekiel Elliott as the No. 4 overall pick in 2016. But none Draft pick has caused more debate this spring than Wright. His third-round position (No. 99) surprised many draft tipsters who cast the former Oregon State starter as a Day 3 prospect. The Cowboys respectfully don’t care. Wright, who is 6-foot-4 with long arms and a speed of 4.4, has the skill set that new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn wants at cornerback. The rookie excelled on OTAs and minicamp with several plays on the ball, including a pair of interceptions in team drills.
Whats Next: Shoulder pads. Training camp and preseason is where we’ll really see how much progress Wright can make in a group of cornerbacks that features another Day 2 draft pick (Kelvin Joseph, second round) and three veterans who started at least eight games last year. (Trevon Diggs, Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown). Wright is adapting to the techniques the coaching staff wants him to play, but he was productive in team stints that were open to the media. Today’s NFL, where the passing game is heavily used, can be tough for rookie cornerbacks, but the Cowboys like Wright’s competitiveness and skill set. Even if he does not receive plays from the beginning, the club wants to prepare him. Remember that the top four cornerbacks on last year’s list lost time due to injuries.
You did not know: Wright first helped Laney College (California) win a junior college state degree in 2018 before transferring to Oregon for two seasons and then declaring early for the draft last winter. Laney’s show was featured in the popular Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U”.
Player Quote: “It’s been great. Just learning the playbook and learning new techniques, learning a different way to play defensive position. It’s been great. I’ve been there with the veterans, learning from them, watching how they move and just being able to learn something from each person “. – Nahshon Wright