Kenn Korb: ILB Scooby Wright, Arizona
Previous picks: DT Andrew Billings, LB Jaylon Smith
The Packers need an ILB; here’s where I think they get their ILB.
Wright spent most of his junior season injured, but then choosing to leave for the draft anyway, he graded out slowly in terms of speed (4.90 40-time at the combine, though he did better at his pro day), and he has weaknesses built into his game that have made the perception of him continue to drop in terms of where he’s expected to go.
Even with the faults highlighting his game, Wright can still be a decent performer in the right situation, and Green Bay could be a nice landing spot.
We’ve seen plenty of mid-to-late round picks at this position who ultimately end up performing well (Denver had two that were key cogs in a Super Bowl-winning defense last season in Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan), and Wright could be yet another who does well in the right opportunity. At worst, this gives the Packers a three-man group of Sam Barrington, Jake Ryan, and Wright to use at ILB.
He has a high motor, plays with a chip on his shoulder, is a sure tackler, can beat blocks, and has even garnered comparisons to former Dolphins stalwart ILB Zach Thomas. To me, there shouldn’t really be much hesitation if a player like that is available at this point in the draft.
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