Former Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright III will get his chance at NFL greatness with the Cleveland Browns. They drafted him with the No. 250 overall pick in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday.
After winning every major individual defensive award in 2014, it seemed like Wright was poised for a historical 2015 season at Arizona.
But the injury bug bit him early. Wright suffered a knee injury in the season-opener against the UTSA Roadrunners, which kept him out of the remainder of the non-conference season.
The decorated linebacker returned to the field against the UCLA Bruins, a game that was highlighted by the second appearance of College GameDay on the Arizona campus. After the broadcast, it was all downhill.
Arizona got blown out, and the following Monday, Rich Rodriguez announced that Wright had suffered a foot sprain, which would keep him out indefinitely.
Indefinitely turned out to be the rest of the regular season. He would return to the field for the New Mexico Bowl, where he showed off his skills in a game one final time. Wright piled up 15 tackles against the New Mexico Lobos to go with a pair of sacks.
Immediately after the game, he announced he was declaring for the NFL Draft, opting out of his senior season at Arizona.
At the end of the 2014 season, you would have figured Wright was almost a lock to be drafted in the first round whenever he decided to enter the NFL Draft. But a year of injuries, combined with poor combine workouts, have put Wright in a position where he can prove every team in the league wrong, which may be exactly what he needs to succeed.
Here's hoping to a long, productive NFL career for Scooby Wright, and we know that the Browns have added an elite football player.