Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

Measurements
  • Height
    6000
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31 1/2
  • Weight
    187lbs
  • Arm
    31
  • Speed
    4.62
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Jamie Kelly - Scout
Daniel Wright
  • Overall Rank
    322
  • Position Rank
    30
  • Position
    S
  • Team
    ALABAMA

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 14 0 0 0.00
2018 4 5 0 0.35
2019 13 3 0 0.28
2020 13 20 4 1.16
2021 15 3 3 0.85

Build

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

Limited height and weight. Limited arm length with adequate hand size. Stocky, well-built arms and chest. Slim torso, with thin, spindly legs and lower body that lacks muscular definition.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    4
Grade 4.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Average instincts, slow to process events surrounding him in shallow or deep coverage, a tentative player who’ll often be a step late to the action. Limited motor/effort, lacks real tenacity and aggression in his game, won’t run plays out to their conclusion in the flats or to the sideline. Average toughness, shows physicality in some but not all tackles, likes to lay the wood for a potential highlight play/ celebration but doesn’t show this consistently in his snap-to-snap attitude.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    4
Grade 4.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Average overall athletic ability with adequate twitch and average hip fluidity, COD, speed. Short-area type player that moves sharply with twitch in a 2x2 square but doesn’t burst out of that box quickly or comfortably. Limited bend and flexibility, appears top heavy and rigid as he moves around the field. Will struggle to occupy and cover robber, single- or two-high safety responsibilities. Average play strength, lacks the power and determination to take blockers and ballcarriers on consistently.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    4
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 4.5

Technical

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

Limited backpedal and transitions, holds his core very low to the ground and his feet get stuck beneath him when he’s trying to transition. Limited plant to drive and burst and close, doesn’t drive off his backleg particularly if he’s moving backwards or laterally and has only limited overall speed to close the distance. Average deep zone coverage skills with only average instincts, lacks the gambling instinct to jump routes and make plays outside his remit; however, does plays with sound leverage in deep man responsibility, typically the last-line of defense for Alabama on 3rd downs he’ll give up underneath action and to the sideline but wouldn’t allow the deep MOF to be vulnerable. Limited man coverage defender, lacks the size, instincts and athletic talent to be reliably used over the slot in the NFL. Average ball skills, best opportunities to disrupt the ball come from playing over-the-top safety rather than in-contact/ man coverages as he lacks the high-end traits to battle/beat receivers to the football. Average hands, fumbled a couple of intercepting opportunities in the exposures, but made his fair share of INTs over his career with 4 INTs in his last 2 years. Adequate twitch/suddenness, shows this off best close to the line of scrimmage when his processing demands are reduced, can deflect passes, cut off screens and hook passes in and around the LOS from an edge/slot corner/ box safety spot. Average overall support vs. Run, takes decent angles to the ball, but doesn’t charge down ballcarriers with repeated venom and tenacity. Adequate open field tackling technique, when he’s around the ball he’s technically sound and bring ballcarriers/ receivers down without much difficulty.

  • Hip Fluidity
    5
  • Burst to Close
    4
  • Plant and Drive
    4
  • Run Support
    4
  • Cover Ability
    4
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    6
  • Backpedal
    4
  • Ball Skills
    5
Grade 4.5

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?
Daniel Wright is a Redshirt Senior from Alabama who has featured in 59 career games. Four-star S prospect, No. 122 nationally in 2017, according to 247 Sports. Featured from the outset in 2017 as a special teamer. Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the fall of 2018 and was granted a medical redshirt. Mostly played a depth role in a stacked Alabama secondary in 2019, and then made the leap to starter for 2020, performing capably with 20 tackles, 4 FINCs and 2 INTs. Reverted to the bench for 2021 and was renowned as a special team stalwart for his performances; he also saw limited time on defense in third downs packages. Daniel Wright will have to excel on special teams to earn his roster spot in the NFL as he will likely only reach a Reserve Free Safety performance level in either a single- or two-high defensive secondary. He’s received good coaching at Alabama, and has played consistently well for the Tide on their special teams units. Would be a sensible late day 3 / UDFA pick for a team building out the backend of their roster.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v AT Miss State
  • Oct - 17 - 2021
  • Provided average deep safety support vs. Air Raid attack
  • iconWorst Game
  • v New Mexico State
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Backpedals/transitions weren’t as smooth, dropped INT
Best Trait
Twitch/Suddenness
Pro Comparison
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