September 30, 2001

Hastings DT Rodrique Wright Scouting Report

Rodrique Wright (defensive tackle)

Frame and Strength: Charles Barkley has nothing on Rodrique Wright. Wright is just plain big. Heís broad-shouldered with a tree trunk for a lower body. To think that heís only going to get stronger is frightening. Grade: 10

Quickness: Wright is oftentimes the first guy off of the ball. He rarely lets his blocker beat him to the point of attack. Heís not the fastest guy youíll see of the ball, but heís much quicker than most. And he has to be, heís so often double-teamed that he would be a non-factor in most games if he didnít have the quickness that he has. Grade: 8

Agility: This is a strong point for Wright. Rarely does a guy his size move around so well and so naturally, especially between the tackles. He doesnít have the all-out speed and agility to make many plays outside the tackles. Grade: 7

Tenacity and Toughness: Wright plays hard. Heís not someone who just gets by with his overwhelming size and strength and athletic ability. Grade: 9

Playmaking Ability: It took about five plays against Houston North Shore to understand exactly why most people think that the sky is the limit for Wright. His spin move against a run that was away from his side of the ball was a thing of grace and beauty (if those adjectives can apply to a defensive tackle). The move put him square into what would have been a vacant hole. Once there, he then dumped the running back to the ground in a show of brute force. Grade: 9

Overall: 42 out of 50

The highest scoring player at the defensive tackle position last year was yet another Texan, Tommie Harris, who is now at Oklahoma. Harris scored a 45 (7, 10, 10, 8, 10).

Wright is a different type of player than Harris. If youíre looking for a comparison to Wright, then first-round pick former Longhorn Casey Hampton is more appropriate.




 

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