Say this for Nahshon Wright: He isn’t lacking confidence.
Dallas Cowboys media learned of Wright’s high self-regard after the former Oregon State cornerback was picked in the third round (No. 99 overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I look at myself as a more athletic and agile Richard Sherman,” he told reporters on Friday. “That scheme just fits perfect.”
Sherman, he of Seahawks and 49ers fame, is one of the best cornerbacks in the history of football, a potential future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. For Wright to compare himself — and even intimate he’s a better player — without yet taking a single professional snap is, obviously, a stretch.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 1, 2021
Wright eventually course-corrected, clarifying that he’s a similar build (both stand 6-foot-4) to Sherman, who’s among his idols.
“Definitely,” he said, via USA Today. “Just his ability to slow the game down and kind of see all the pieces come together before the play even starts. He’s definitely one of my role models.”
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A two-year contributor for the Beavers, Wright compiled 49 solo tackles, five interceptions, and five pass breakups across 16 career appearances. He earned honorable-mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2020 after totaling 30 tackles (23 solo), four PBUs, two INTs, one sack, and a forced fumble over just six games.
Drawing league-wide ridicule, Dallas inarguably reached to select the towering corner, whom NFL.com pegged as a seventh-round/undrafted talent with end-of-roster upside.
“Lanky, angular cornerback with good length but bad speed,” draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote in his scouting profile. “Wright possesses above-average instincts and shows some ability to squat, burst and smother shorter routes from off coverage, but he will need help over the top because his recovery speed is lacking. He doesn’t have the instant acceleration or agility to stay connected to NFL route runners, which will limit his scheme fits. His length and play traits could make him a target for Cover 3 defenses who care less about long speed and more about ball skills.”
“Right after the Wright selection, other corners came off the board — Washington’s Elijah Molden to Tennessee, Syracuse’s Ifeatu Melifonwu to Detroit, and Michigan’s Ambry Thomas to Michigan. Molden and Melifonwu felt like more polished players than Wright at this point in their respective careers,” wrote Matthew Postins of CowboysSI.com.
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