The Dallas Cowboys have used all five of its day-one and day-two selections on the defensive side of the ball. Two of those picks have been dedicated to the cornerback position.
Dallas kicked off the draft by picking linebacker Micah Parsons in the first-round before taking cornerback Kelvin Joseph in the second. The Cowboys spent its first two third-round picks on defensive linemen Osa Odighizuwa and Chauncey Golston.
Oregon State defensive back Nahshon Wright was the pick at 99th overall. Wright is a big corner that earned All-Pac-12 honors during his time in Corvallis.
As expected, this pick caught many by surprise. Wright was thought to be a late day-three prospect by many in the draft community. The California native is still relatiely new to playing in the secondary, as he is a converted wide receiver.
The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler ranks Wright as the 278th best player in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Dallas obviously thinks much higher than one of the best evaluators in the draft industry.
Wright isn’t a quick-twitch mover, but he stays light on his feet to slide, open and run downfield with receivers. He is still relatively new to the cornerback position and it shows at times as he struggles to stay square or ahead of receivers. Overall, Wright is a long and lanky athlete who is still developing his instincts and technique, but his length and ball skills are interesting foundational traits for a classic press-man corner prospect.
Wright possesses some intriguing size at 6-foot-4. That is what likely caught the eye of new Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Quinn certainly has success coaching bigger defensive backs.
The Cowboys staff must believe that Wright has the traits and the ability to follow in the footsteps of previous Quinn-coached defenders. Wright grabbed five interceptions during his two-season career with the Beavers.
6’4” corner Nahshon Wright back at it. Good ball skills here. Was in man on Johnny Johnson. Peeled off his guy and high pointed the ball. Good stuff! pic.twitter.com/N3tPbqLgmJ
— Big CROCKY⚡️ (@eric_crocker) November 28, 2020
Nahshon Wright has some interesting tools that makes him an intriguing prospect to bet on. The problem is that the Cowboys could have gotten much better value and grabbed Wright later on in the draft.
The fact that two corners were taken directly after the Cowboys selected Wright — Elijah Molden to the Titans and Ifeatu Melifonwu to the Lions — will surely be brought up. It will be interesting to see how all three of their careers play out and circle back to the Cowboys’ decision.
The Cowboys have received a good amount of scrutiny and criticism for this pick. Here’s hoping that Nahshon Wright proves the Dallas Cowboys right.
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