Scooby Wright is the most productive linebacker available in the 2016 NFL Draft (at least in 2014 pre-injury and missing most of 2015) and if he falls to the second round – which is possible based on the athleticism of his peers and their higher ceiling potential – the Jacksonville Jaguars will be in an excellent position to pick him up and insert him in the linebacking corps.
The Jags need more athleticism at linebacker, especially behind middle linebacker Paul Posluszny who is an old-school tackling machine but struggles in coverage and on passing downs. Wright, who is more of an outside linebacker, is athletic enough to step up at any of the three linebacker positions and do what is needed of him.
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash and head coach Gus Bradley are looking for hungry, aggressive defensive players and Wright plays with a competitiveness that just can’t be taught. He would fit in on defense immediately for the Jaguars.
The real question for Wright is just how good he can be. Missing most of 2015 due to injury and his relative lack of physical assets makes him an interesting selection at the top of the second round. GM Dave Caldwell has not been afraid to pull the trigger on the guy he believes in (T.J. Yeldon, Blake Bortles) and Wright’s production could make him a consideration at the top of the second round, though he could slide as far as the fourth. If Caldwell likes what he sees (who doesn’t?) then Wright is worth securing at 38th overall.
The numbers to keep in your head? 164 tackles, 31 tackles for a loss in 2014. Doesn’t get better than that.
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