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with Alex Wright
High Heater. Defensive Lineman. Student Athlete
Former Elba Tiger and UAB Blazer
What others are saying
In a projection-based model where additional size, strength and technique improvements are likely, his athleticism becomes an even more impressive weapon as both a run defender and pass rusher. He will require a runway for development, but he’s worth a middle-round selection as a potential three-down starter for odd- or even-front teams,
Brugler ranks Wright as the No. 18 overall edge rusher and the No. 97 overall player in the class. The Packers have a need for a developmental edge rusher and also five picks in the top 100.
Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle.
Alex Wright is a good fit for the Broncos if they want a hybrid defensive lineman and edge, as Wright can rush out of a 2-point or 3-point stance. It is well known that the Broncos coaching staff focuses on the teaching aspect, and that would fit well with what Wright needs. The question is how valuable they view right and that versatility he offers up. Wright has plenty of room on his frame to bulk up and add more muscle mass.
He has a good burst to close on the backside.
He has good change of direction movement skills to chase and follow ball carriers outside the tackles.
He has great strength, and he knows how to roll it up through their hips and into his hands.
He showed improvement with his pass rush plan as the season went on.
He has excellent foot quickness and a good change of direction agility.
There is good versatility to attack inside and outside.
He has the physical traits to be dangerous if he can drastically improve his technique.
Wright has the physical traits that coaches love.
Pro Football Focus NFL analyst
Wright has pretty much everything an NFL team would want in a developmental edge prospect who will likely come off the board somewhere in the third to fourth round range.
The size and length are there for Wright to be an every-down player at 6-foot-5 and 274 pounds with 34-inch arms. His production across the past three seasons at UAB was also impressive, albeit against less-than-stellar competition. Wright’s 19.9% pressure rate in 2021 ranked first among FBS edge rushers in this year’s draft class.
Alex has good lower-body strength. Absorbs and withstands contact well. His get-off is great. Flies off the ball, especially from a stand-up position.
Primetime Sports Contributing Writer
Pass, Rush, Rotation, Alex is everything.
Alex Wright's potential is abundant. Good Burst, good burst, great long-track explosiveness affords him a great deal of opportunity and potential.
Alex is a young player who flashes and still posts good rush production. He is an impressive weapon as both a run defender and pass rusher.
NFL Draft Analyst
Alex Wright is one of the most intriguing pass rushers in the 2022 NFL Draft.