Perhaps the most controversial selection of the 2021 NFL Draft came from the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys surprised nearly everybody in draft circles when the team picked Oregon State defensive back Nahshon Wright at the end of the third-round.
Wright is a lengthy corner with experience matching up with high-caliber receivers in the Pac-12. Still, he was not on very many radars during the draft process. The Athletic‘s draft guru Dane Brugler barely ranked Wright as a top-300 prospect.
Add in the fact that cornerbacks such as Ifeatu Melinfonwu and Elijah Molden were still available, the selection of Wright was certainly head-scratching. The Cowboys could have either grabbed a better prospect or even likely still drafted Wright later on.
WRIGHT IMPRESSING FOR COWBOYS
The pick was made, and Wright is a member of the Dallas Cowboys. The cornerback position has a lot of bodies competing for a few spots, but it would be shocking if Wright’s spot on the roster is not set in stone. You don’t often see third-round picks get cut prior to their rookie season.
To Wright’s credit, the Oregon State product is making sure that the coaching staff doesn’t even have to debate about his spot on the 53-man squad. Wright has reportedly been turning heads from the secondary in OTAs.
The way to take in OTA practices is to follow the constant drumbeats. #Cowboys CB Nahshon Wright appears to have made at least a few "WOW" plays in every open-to-the-media practice so far.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) June 3, 2021
Best plays from OTA: Micah Parsons with a nice INT of Ben DiNucci on a throw over the middle in team drills. Leighton Vander Esch with an impressive diving INT off Dak in 7-on-7. Dak had a 50-yard deep ball connection w/ CeeDee Lamb. Nahshon Wright intercepted Garrett Gilbert— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 3, 2021
Nahshon Wright possesses a 6-foot-4, 183-pound frame with long arms that gives him the ability to matchup with big-bodied wideouts. He grabbed five interceptions and even forced one fumble during his two-season career for the Beavers.
The starting cornerback spot opposite of Trevon Diggs is pretty open for grabs. Second-round pick Kelvin Joseph probably has the best chance of a rookie to start in the secondary, and Anthony Brown could slide in there, but it appears that Wright is at least making things interesting.
There is a big difference between offseason practices and real NFL games, so it makes sense to be cautiously optimistic rather than buying all of the hype. That said, it is clear that Wright is making the best of his opportunities and impressive many in the process.
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