Wright began his career at USC, and as a redshirt freshman was a standout in the SC secondary. In just four starts, he had 33 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. He sat out a year after transferring to UNLV, and as a junior earned All MWC honors with 29 tackles and a pick in just nine games. He also averaged just under 24 yards per kick return and was used on offense in certain situations.
Eric Wright has a lot of potential. He has all the talent to be an all around standout at corner. He is a good athlete, with very good speed and shows the ability to turn and run with receivers down the field. He also has the ability to pick up the ball while it is in the air and make a play on it. He also shows the willingness to help in run support, and will not shy away from being physical with receivers. He has also had some experience returning kicks at the college level.
There are a couple pressing issues with Wright. He does not have a lot of experience, as he has played just two seasons at the college level, but has not started for an entire year in either. He is still a bit inconsistent and will not flash his talent on every play. Wright’s background will also be in question, as he transferred from USC because of off the field issues. A great deal of ecstasy pills were found in his apartment, and he was soon kicked out of school.
Eric Wright is a work in progress, but he has a lot of talent and upside. He is as physically gifted as any corner in the draft but his lack of experience and potential off the field concerns will push him down a bit. He is worthy of a first round selection, but may slide a bit into the second round.