The NFL Draft is fast approaching (oh no, it starts Thursday night). We know that the first Arizona Wildcats player taken will be Scooby Wright III, but it's still unclear if that will happen on Friday, or if he'll have to wait until Saturday for that moment. Meanwhile, Bruce Feldman named "10 underrated gems to keep an eye on", and Scooby is third on the list. Feldman's take:
"There hasn't been a more productive linebacker in college football in recent years than Wright was as a sophomore in 2014. His impact on games was staggering. He had 163 tackles, 29 TFLs, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. And, it's not like rival offenses were worried about other guys on that defense. He was the marked guy on that defense. Wright missed most of 2015 with knee and foot injuries. Reportedly, NFL teams worry that he's stiff and not athletic enough. His measurables at the Combine were at best average. But I wouldn't bet against his instincts and toughness, and he does have some explosiveness as an athlete as evidenced by a 35-inch vertical. There were also similar knocks on another ultra-productive college LB named Zach Thomas. He lasted until the fifth round and went on to play in seven Pro Bowls and make the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s."
Sounds about right. Matt Brown of Sports on Earth also put Scooby on his "All-Underrated Team"
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