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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Rodrique Wright DT | (6'5", 300, 5.13) | TEXAS Scouts Grade: 85 Strengths: He has a huge frame and terrific quickness. Shows flashes of rare big play potential. Has good initial burst and mobility when fresh. Can out-quick and overpower ...

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:31 PM   #1
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Rodrique Wright???

Rodrique Wright
DT | (6'5", 300, 5.13) | TEXAS

Scouts Grade: 85


Strengths: He has a huge frame and terrific quickness. Shows flashes of rare big play potential. Has good initial burst and mobility when fresh. Can out-quick and overpower OL at times. Shows good mobility and overall athleticism for his size. Has played in two-gap and one-gap schemes but he looks much more natural as a one-gap player. He would fit perfectly as a three-technique in the NFL, where he could even slim down a bit and utilize his quickness and natural athletic ability at his size to disrupt versus the run and penetrate as an interior pass rusher. Showed increased versatility playing NT, DT and DE as a senior.

Weaknesses: He must improve his consistency. He has great natural tools and flashes massive NFL potential, but he does not give a steady enough effort  on the field or in workouts. Is somewhat of an underachiever at this point. Needs to work harder off the field to improve conditioning and stamina. He plays too high at times and allows blockers to get into his body too often. He must also improve his array of pass rush moves and ability to get off of blocks once he has been locked-on by a defensive lineman. Durability is just a minor issue because of his lingering ankle injury in 2004.

Overall: Wright's uncle, Elmo, was a first round pick of the Chiefs in 1971 and his cousin, Cedric Woodard, is a defensive tackle with the Seahawks. Wright finished his sophomore season in 2003 with 80 total tackles, including 12 for losses and 7.5 sacks. Wright missed one game because of an ankle injury that lingered as a junior in 2004, when he wasn't nearly as productive, finishing with 36 tackles, seven QB pressures and one sack. Wright was named a consensus first team All-America as a senior in 2005, when he started all 13 games and finished with 46 tackles, 13 TFL and 4.5 sacks. Wright has the overall physical tools, including the size, power and quickness, to develop into a pro bowl defensive tackle in the NFL. However, Wright also has the potential to get lazy once he starts collecting paychecks as a professional. He played with a more consistent motor when he was healthy as a senior and he also showed more versatility playing DT, NT and even DE throughout the course of the season. He is one of the biggest risk-reward prospects in the 2006 draft class, but Wright's tremendous upside makes him worth the early-second round gamble.


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Old 04-30-2006, 01:36 PM   #2
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RE: Rodrique Wright???

i guess not
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geez... this guy still on the board???
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:36 PM   #4
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RE: Rodrique Wright???

as of one 193 he is i thought we would have got him at 174
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:45 PM   #5
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Maybe he will still be there at an even better value in the 7th. Everyone must know something we dont about the guy. Everything I read was mostly positive about the guy. Cant believe he is still hanging around.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:52 PM   #6
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I guess Payton thinks Sully can cut it. We've passed on several talented DT's in the later rounds already.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:54 PM   #7
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We have to take him if he's there in the 7th, it would be a steal. The guy has a lot of ability, seems like he gets a little lazy but that can be changed with intense coaching. If we get him in the 7th, I feel like with a little help from the coaches lighting a fire under this guy he can contribute to our team this year.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:55 PM   #8
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Don't forget that we got Hollis Thomas in that Philadelphia trade. Having him means that Sullivan can move off of the 2 gap, which isn't his natural position.
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Don't forget that we got Hollis Thomas in that Philadelphia trade.
That & getting Bush were the only two bright spots in our draft.
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Old 04-30-2006, 03:19 PM   #10
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I don't think this year's draft is that horrible. I like the Harper pick because it allows Smith to move to cornerback, and notice that he hasn't been traded despite the rumors that he would be. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Harper is better than the safeties signed during the off-season. I had the privilege of watching this guy play many times on TV, and I always pay extra attention when evaluating SEC players. He may not be a 4.5 runner, but he makes up for it in intelligence and hustle.

The only pick I question is the tackle in the fourth round. Even then, many good offensive linemen come from small colleges, and we really don't know we enough about this guy to make any kind of judgment at all.

The defensive end from Perdue has the potential to become a valuable contributor on passing downs. Mike Hass is an absolute steal for a sixth round pick, and Lay is not going to be asked to do more than cover in dime situations.

And we just drafted an offensive tackle from Northwestern in the 7th, which had a very good offensive line.

I give this draft a B-.

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