Somewhere amidst the Bob Sanders and free agency talk is the obvious thought among Jaguars fans that the draft is going to be key towards rebuilding the secondary. Even if Eric Weddle or Bob Sanders are signed, the long-term depth at safety and cornerback arguably goes no further than Derek Cox and Courtney Greene.
One cornerback that Gene Smith has sat down and offers the potential to be a mid-round draft pick is USC’s Shareece Wright. Unfortunately, I have been left underwhelmed by Wright’s athletic ability and coverage ability. Couple those with supposed character concerns and Wright is a guy I would rather the Jaguars pass on come April.
Shareece Wright fits the profile of an NFL cornerback, but doesn’t excel in any particular category physically. His 5’11, 182 pounds is a good frame, if not a little light. His 4.4-4.5 speed is average.
I have watched tape on Wright and watched him in person and nothing about his play leapt out to me as special. I watched USC CB Kevin Thomas during the 2009 season and the difference between he and Wright seemed minimal. Thomas was drafted in the late 3rd round to the Colts and went on injured reserve shortly after being drafted so I’ll reserve judgement for now.
However, Thomas was slightly bigger, slightly faster and had a much shorter list of concerns. Among Wright’s concerns is an injury history that becomes even more concerning with his light frame. In 2008 he suffered a hairline fracture in his neck that ended his season. The neck took a long time to heal and could be a concern for teams considering drafting Wright.
Also concerning are his struggles with academics that left him temporarily ineligible for competition in 2009 and a charge for resisting a police officer also in 2009. As someone who doesn’t personally know Wright or the circumstances surrounding both events, I will not pass judgement; however, it is something that will surely be addressed by teams talking with Wright at the combine.
Setting character concerns and injury history aside, I don’t believe that Wright’s athletic skills and cornerback instincts justify a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th round pick. Add the concerns on top and Shareece Wright is another player I would avoid in this year’s draft.