DE Alex Wright, Alabama-Birmingham*

6’5″ – 271 lbs. – N/A

Tall, long-limbed defensive end who has all of the physical tools teams look for in an edge rusher; arms measure at least 34 inches. Development trajectory is favorable, having started for two years but really breaking out this past season with a solid year. Shows pretty good flexibility in his body. Has the length and power to potentially control blockers or walk back blockers as a pass-rusher. Motor looks pretty solid, and offers range in pursuit due to his relatively smooth movement skills and effort in pursuit. Flashes the ability to dig in at the line of scrimmage and make tackles while engaged as a run defender; length gives him an impressive radius. Was asked to play closer to the interior of the line at times and shows a pretty physical temperament. Doesn’t consistently utilize his length to lock out defenders. Plays high and can get jolted by punches as a pass-rusher. Contact balance is iffy. Needs to do a better job of keeping his shoulders square to the line. Run fits lack discipline. Can struggle to locate the football. Workouts were not really what teams were hoping for. Pure project who’s far away from being able to contribute but could make sense as a third-day pick for a team willing to give him time to develop. Would have really benefited from returning to school for his senior year.


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