Scooby Wright: 2016 Cowboys MLB Prospect.

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Scooby Wright is the meanest, nastiest and most physical MLB I have seen in a while. He not ony terrorizes blockers, but punishes quarterbacks and ball carriers alike with his brutal style of play and bone crushing hits.

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Scooby Wright won the Vince Lombardi Award in 2014 and was first in the nation in tackles (164), TFL (31), and forced fumbles (6). He was 3rd in the Nation with 15 sacks. Despite being a MLB, he was 9th in the Heisman voting.

Over the Course of his last 16 starts; Scooby Wright amassed 187 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 6 forced fumbles, 1 interception and was named a Consensus All-American.

But hey,  theres more. Scooby Wright won the Bronko Nagurski Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, and the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award.

Unfortunately, Scooby Wright only suited up for 2 regular season games in 2015 as the result of an injury week one. Scouts wondered if he would return in his 2014 form following the knee/foot injuries, but he immediately put any doubts to rest by destroying New Mexico’s offense: he logged 15 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2 sacks in Arizona’s 45-37 New Mexico Bowl victory. Following the game, Wright declared for the 2016 NFL draft in an emotional post game interview. To see the most feared Mike linebacker in the NCAA shed a tear was a testament to his passion for the game.

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Height Weight: 6-1   246

College: Arizona

Grade: 95

Round: 1 #8 on our board

40 Time: 4.84

2014: Turned in one of the most prolific defensive seasons in NCAA history … Based on a vote of NCAA head coaches, media and college athletics personnel, won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, all given annually to the nation’s top defender … The Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, ranked in the top five among FBS players for total tackles (164), tackles for loss (31.0), sacks (15.0) and forced fumbles (6) … UA’s sixth unanimous All-American … All-Pac-12 First-Team and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week … SB Nation, and National Defensive Player of the Year … Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist … Career game-high 19 tackles at UCLA, 5.0 TFL vs. ASU and three forced fumbles at Washington State.

2013: Played in all 13 games and started 12 at sam linebacker … Named Freshman All-America by and second-team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports … Earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors … Collected 83 tackles to rank No. 3 among the Wildcats and No. 2 among Pac-12 freshmen … 9.5 tackles for a loss of 29 yards … Totaled 11 tackles for a then-career high in the victory at California … In arguably the most exciting play of the season, Wright grabbed a Marcus Mariota intercepted pass off the hands of fellow Wildcat Shaq Richardson as he dove out of bounds to keep the ball in play … UA went on to defeat No. 5 Oregon, 42-16.

High School: 2012 South Bay BMW West Coast Bowl … North Bay All-League Co-MVP … First-team all-state as a senior and second-team as a junior … MaxPreps Div. III First-Team All-State … Cal State All-Star Game selection … PrepStar All-West Region … All-Redwood Empire Defensive Player of the Year.

Personal: Son of Philip and Annette Wright … Father is head softball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College and played football at Long Beach State … Sister, Ashley, played softball at Illinois … Given name is Philip … Majoring in economy and industry. (Arizona Football.)

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Film Study:

  • Scooby Wright has good size and weight with a thick, powerful upper body. No stranger to the weight room. Strong active hands that he uses very well. One of the best I have seen at getting through traffic. Excellent ability to shed blocks and get to the ball carrier. Nice spin move. Elite instincts and anticipation that he uses to time snaps perfectly and shoot the gap with an explosive burst to make plays in the backfield. Terrorizes blockers who approach him at the second level. Saw him literally throw blockers to the side. Solid form tackler. Breaks down, wraps up and takes on ball carriers head on. Excellent technique.
  • Scooby Wright has a very good motor and is relentless in pursuit of the QB. Can play sideline to sideline and is always around the ball. Has excellent ability to make plays in the backfield for a loss. Knows his keys and has impeccable  read react skills. Has a good command of his defense and is a natural leader. Extremely versatile, can line up all over the field: was used as a rush end and has experience as an OLB as well. Extremely powerful at the point. High football IQ, exemplary work ethic and character. This guy is a BEAST.
  • Scooby Wright lacks elite speed. Could use some improvement in his lower body strength to hold up against the big powerful backs at the NFL level. Tends to go for the big hit at times despite being a solid wrap up tackler. Needs to improve his coverage skills. Grabs the QB in the neck/head area at times and could get flagged for roughing the passer at the next level.

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Overall Wright is the definition of a “Football Player”. Too many times scouts get so caught up in measurables that they lose sight of the primary ingredients. What he lacks in overall athletic ability he makes up for with elite instincts. NFL Comparison: Jack Lambert|Randy White.

Arizona incorporates a lot of 3-3-5 sets in passing situations and moved Scooby around to get him in position to pressure the quarterback. Rod Marinelli loves versatility and Wright has plenty of that. In a 4-3 he can line up as a traditional Mike, or as the Sam to rush the QB. He could also be used on the DL as a pass rusher on passing downs. In a 3-4 he could line up inside on run plays and rush the passer from the outside as well. I can’t help but think of Randy White who was drafted to play linebacker and ended up a Hall of Fame caliber defensive lineman.

At the end of the day, Scooby Wright is entering the draft as a junior and has plenty of time to develop. When I hear journalists knock his measurables I have to laugh because he was voted the best defensive player in the NCAA, led the entire NCAA in every major category, and despite being a Mike LB he was 3rd in the nation with 15 sacks.
That type of production isn’t a fluke. So the next time you want to mention him as a mid round pick, watch some damn tape. After evaluating the bowl game performances and then revisiting their tape back to back I moved him in to Reggie Ragland’s spot on our board at 8. Wright is in the same conversation as Jack Lambert, Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus. He may even be the next Randy white. You can take that to the bank.  I will take a football player over one of your powder puff athletes every time and twice on Sunday.
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