Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Measurements
  • Height
    6051
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
  • Weight
    271lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
ED Combine Averages
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.25
  • Weight
    265lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.8
Jamie Kelly - Scout
Alex Wright
  • Overall Rank
    227
  • Position Rank
    21
  • Position
    ED
  • Team
    ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 14 15 4 11.9% 5
2020 8 15 5 15.3% 1
2021 13 29 10 21.0% 6

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Above the line height and weight. Outstanding frame with above the line arm length. Very broad shoulders, with thick muscular upper body and torso. Above the line lower body thickness.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 7.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Adequate snap timing and anticipation and adequate run/pass diagnosis. Average post-snap instincts, is slow to adjust to events in the pocket such as draws/ inside runs. Adequate toughness through contact and adequate motor/effort. Had his worst games against the best competition; tends to not elevate his game and rise to the occasion.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Adequate overall AA, with above the line explosiveness, best seen with initial burst into interior gaps. Average speed and limited COD limit his ability to drop and play in coverage. Adequate body control, overall bend and leverage displayed from both inside and outside responsibilities. Above the line play strength, creates a shock when he throws a punch in the pass rush and has an above the line anchor against the run.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 5.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Adequate get-off vs. Pass, can beat OTs to the edge when he times the snap well. Adequate overall pass rush moves with above the line twitch, can win inside and outside playing EDGE, best when he wins with inside burst and swipe/swim move but can produce an average edge rush to keep tackles honest. Average UOHs in the pass rush, adequate placement and power are hindered by average hand speed that frequently leave him caught on blocks despite adequate initial positioning. Average rush angles and closing speed, once free of a blocker has average instincts and a limited inconsistent wrap tackling technique that often results in missed tackles. Adequate overall run defender and adequate at the POA vs. Zone and Gap. Outstanding frame and above the line arm length ensure he consistently controls blockers in the run game. Adequate UOH in the run game, has adequate hand power and placement but needs to speed up his hands to get off more blocks. Adequate play temperament, stays disciplined vs. Run and doesn't overcommit to allow cutbacks in the inside gap.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    6
  • Pass Rush
    6
  • Heavy Handedness
    5
  • Point of Attack
    6
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    5
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    7
  • Play Temperament
    6
Grade 5.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Alex Wright is a Junior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham who has featured in 35 career games. Wasn't highly regarded out of high school; rated as a three-star prospect and No.1957 in the nation by 247Sports. Made an immediate impact as a true freshman in 2019, securing 5 sacks on the way to being named in the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Took a step back in 2020, with limited production in the COVID-19 interrupted season, before bursting back in 2021 with 6 sacks and 10 TFLs and an impressive 21.0% pressure rate; was named PFF C-USA defensive player of the year for his 2021 performance. Wright is a physical EDGE defender with above the line twitch and explosiveness to be a factor in the run game. He projects to the NFL as a rotational piece day-one, with scope to be an adequate, starting-caliber 43 defensive end who can move inside and play 3-technique on pure-pass downs. With development, he could also be an intriguing fit as a 34 defensive end.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Southern Miss
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • Consistent threat in the backfield, 2 TFLs and 1 Sack
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Liberty
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • 0 TFLs, 0 Sacks
Best Trait
Twitch/ Suddenness
Pro Comparison
Thicker-bodied Jaelan Phillips