It is confession time for me, Browns fans. I was so excited when I watched the Browns pick Scooby Wright III as their final draft pick. Not because I had any great insight into Wright as a player, but because I loved the idea of a guy called ‘Scooby’ coming to the Dawg Pound. I had a similar reaction to Barkevious Mingo joining us in 2013. I’m easily amused like that.
It looks like Scooby Wright can bring plenty of excitement to First Energy Stadium this season. Wright, whose given name is Philip Anthony Wright III, comes to us from the Arizona Wildcats. Though plagued by injuries in his final year with Arizona, this inside linebacker had a collection of awards he complied during the 2014 season. These include the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year – awarded by the Maxwell Football Club, the Rotary Lombardi Award presented to the best college football lineman or linebacker and the prestigious Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the best defensive player in the NCAA. Upon receiving this award, Wright joined the ranks of Warren Sapp, Ndamukong Suh, and Manti Te’o. I believe that if he had been healthy during the 2015 season and was able to start more than three games, Wright would have gone much higher in the draft.
Though his combine stats were simply average, he is said to have amazing instincts and innate quickness. Sources tell me that Wright has a phenomenal work ethic. He was easily the best defender in all of college football in 2014. CBSSPORTS.com has gone on record as saying that Wright has “Jedi-like instincts.” I hope they are correct and that the ‘Force’ is strong in this one.
On a personal note, Scooby Wright has already expressed his interest in community work in Cleveland, both by helping kids through sports and by helping shelter dogs find homes. Welcome to the Land, Scooby, and please pardon all of the puns. If we didn’t like you, we would ignore you.
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