Rodrique Wright DT 6'5 315 Texas
By: Robert Davis
Rodrique Wright came to Texas with huge expectations and early on, he lived up to the hype. He was named the Big 12's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 65 tackles, 13 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He had an even better year as a sophomore, finishing with 80 tackles, 12 for loss, and 7.5 sacks. His numbers fell off as a junior, as he battled a nagging ankle injury all year. He ended the season with just 36 tackles and one sack. Wright bounced back with a solid senior campaign, finishing with 46 tackles, 13 for loss, and 4.5 sacks.
Wright has all the physical attributes you want in a defensive tackle. He is big, strong, quick, and athletic. He has the ability to penetrate the line and disrupt the running game, and the closing speed to get to the quarterback. He is great at slipping through the line and getting into the backfield.
With all the physical talent in the world, you would think Wright would dominate, but he does not. He just has not lived up to what his physical ability suggests he should. He lacks the intensity to be a true difference maker. Despite his size and strength, he can be pushed around in the running game.
The sky is the limit in regards to Wright's potential. He just seems to lack the attitude to want to dominate out there. If a coach can light a fire under his rear, he could be a big time playmaker on the interior line. He has displayed flashes of brilliance throughout his career, but has never developed the consistency a top prospect needs. Wright's talent is worthy of a first round selection, but he will not be drafted that high. He could go anywhere between the second and fourth rounds because of his lack of aggression on the field.
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