CB Mykael Wright, Oregon**

5’11” – 178lbs.

Background:

Appeared in all fourteen games as a true freshman, running back two kickoffs for touchdowns and finishing with 21 tackles, one interception, and four breakups. Picked up 25 tackles and nine breakups over seven games in 2020, then totaled 65 tackles, one interception, and four breakups this past season before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

Has essentially three years of productivity under his belt. Lined up on both sides of the defense, playing both man and zone, typically from off coverage and sometimes with a shuffle technique. Clean footwork to match opponent’s releases at the line of scrimmage. Very quick feet and smooth movement skills overall; backpedal looks nice when playing man coverage. Can stay stuck to opponents when he uses his hands to feel routes. Fast enough in his shuffle to carry opponents down the sideline. Uses an armbar effectively when defending the boundary; has the athleticism of a field side corner but does a nice job of pinning receivers to the sideline. Diagnostic skills from zone look pretty good. Closes fast and has plus recovery speed when the play is in front of him. Solid on-ball production. Willing to come up in run support. Has additional value as a return specialist.

Negatives:

Size and length appear to be on the lower end of what teams look for on the outside; was listed seven pounds higher as a freshman. Relies too heavily on his athleticism; would like to see him get his hands on opposing receivers more going into breaks. Can be outmuscled by physicality at the stem. Struggles to disrupt routes with his jam. Some disconnect at the top of routes, and would like to see him squeeze breaking routes over the middle more tightly. Can appear more reactive than anticipatory. Doesn’t always use his arms to lock out blockers, relying on shoulder dips and footwork to try and work around. Can be a little bit of an ankle-grabber.

Summary:

A fast, quick cornerback with the athletic profile of a field side or slot defender, but who also does a nice job of pinning opponents to the boundary when defending outside releases or working on the short side, who can diagnose in off-zone, and who offers additional value as a kick returner. Will probably be asked to add bulk/functional strength by whichever team drafts him. Looks like he profiles as more of a slot cornerback at the next level.

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