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Old 06-26-2005, 10:57 AM  
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Manuel Wright, DT from USC in upcomming Supplemental Draft...

Something about this guy intrigues (sp) me a little. Sounds a little like a Richard Seymore type of player. Sounds like he could be strong against the run, and pretty good rushing the passer too. Could be worth giving up a 3rd in next years draft (maybe even a 2nd) IMO, as this area, DT vs the run up the middle, could be our downfall on the defensive side this year.

Here is a bit on Wright...


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May 12, 2005 - The USC Trojans knew they were losing their top two interior defensive linemen when Mike Patterson and Shaun Cody were drafted in April.


Now they’ve lost their top choice to replace the duo.


Manuel Wright, the player those close to the program were calling the next great USC defensive lineman, elected to enter the NFL’s Supplemental Draft Wednesday after learning he might be forced to redshirt this season due to low grades.


Wright’s continued academic concerns made the announcement more of a formality than a surprise. Wright previously encountered academic troubles when he signed with USC directly out of high school. He did not qualify academically and instead was forced to enroll at Long Beach City College in 2002. While his grades were steady enough for him to play the past two seasons, Wright’s grades again slipped this spring. He missed this spring’s practices, instead electing to focus on his academics. Wright took his last final Tuesday, but elected to make himself eligible for the Supplemental Draft before learning his results.


The NFL has previously ruled that any supplemental draft would be held no later than seven days before the start of the first NFL training camps. Most training camps begin in mid July. The league notifies each team of any players granted eligibility. Thus far, Wright is the only player to have been granted eligible for the draft. Wright had two more years of eligibility after only playing two seasons at USC (did not play at Long Beach) but Wright is three years removed from high school, the primary NFL requirement for draft eligibility.


Though he only started two games over his collegiate career, Wright appeared in twenty and finished his collegiate career with 31 tackles, including 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.


While his numbers are less than impressive, Wright is blessed with a spectacular combination of size (6-6, 290) and athleticism, and routinely provided USC with big play ability off the bench. Listed by NFLDraftScout.com as the top ranked defensive tackle of the 2007 class, he has the size and strength to make an immediate impact as a run defender and shows rare burst for such a big man, as well. Scouts love his upside and feel that he was on the verge of a monster junior campaign.


Wright seems to have picked the perfect year to enter the Supplemental Draft. April’s draft was considered to contain one of the weaker defensive tackle classes in recent memory and with the free agent defensive tackle prospects not exactly inspiring, teams might be more willing to part with a high choice for a player of Wright’s obvious potential.


The last player to be selected in the first round of the Supplemental Draft was Duke quarterback Dave Brown, selected by the New York Giants in 1992. There have been eight Supplemental first round selections. Quarterbacks Dave Wilson, Bernie Kosar, Steve Walsh, Timm Rosenbach, and Brown, running back Bobby Humphrey, wide receiver Rob Moore, and linebacker Brian Bosworth were all selected as first round supplemental selections.


While many teams feel he’ll ultimately land in the second, the combination of Wright’s immense potential and team needs gives him a legitimate shot at the first round.


Unfortunately for fans, there won’t be the fanfare for the Supplemental Draft that there is for the April draft. Supplemental Drafts are conducted by e-mail. The draft order remains the same as the order used for the first round in April. If a team chooses a player, in this case Wright, it gives up its pick in the same round in next April's draft. If a player is not selected in the supplement draft, he becomes a free agent.


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Old 06-26-2005, 11:00 AM   #2
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I think he'd be worth a 3rd round pick for the Chiefs...since they'll be drafting at the end of each round that would make it like a 4th rounder right?
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:00 AM   #3
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Quote, "While his numbers are less than impressive,...."

That's good enough for me to say no. Sims' numbers in college were "more than impressive" and look what we've got.
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:09 AM   #4
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a 3rd rd pick would be fine with me too

supplemental draft goes in the same order as the normal draft did (after the initial 10 picks)

doesn't it?
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:09 AM   #5
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If we are going to ship off picks in the supplemental, let's send a third for that kid the Royals took in the second round a couple of years ago. What the hell is his name? Reciever out of Clemson.........
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:11 AM   #6
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Quote, "While his numbers are less than impressive,...."

That's good enough for me to say no. Sims' numbers in college were "more than impressive" and look what we've got.
All the more reason to not put too much stock in college stats, especially for linemen.
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:13 AM   #7
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Quote, "While his numbers are less than impressive,...."

That's good enough for me to say no. Sims' numbers in college were "more than impressive" and look what we've got.
Remember, he was playing behind Patterson and Cody. Those two were All-Americans, and drafted pretty darn high this season.

Here is a profile I found...

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USC junior-to-be defensive tackle MANUEL WRIGHT (#92) started twice as a sophomore versus Arizona and BYU... recorded a total of 23 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries... top games from 2003/2004 include Michigan (2003), BYU (2004), California (2004), Colorado State (2004), Washington State (2004), Oklahoma (2004)... has had a few minor injuries; sprained right elbow, which happened in the second-half of the Arizona State contest... missed games against Notre Dame and UCLA with a sprained left ankle, which happened against Arizona... missed one game during his freshman year due to an infection in his chin... attended Long Beach CC (CA) in 2002 in order to work on his grades, but did not play football... played high school football at Poly High School in Long Beach along with several other top-rated USC prospects... three-technique defensive tackle with first-round ability, but has not always played at that level... needs to make better use of his hands to get off blocks... plays with good balance and lateral quickness for a player of his size... shows good ball recognition... takes off a few downs here and there... said to be a coachable guy with solid motor on the field... talent level falls somewhere between Albert Haynesworth (Tennessee) and Marquise Hill (New England)...

Has been as high as 365 pounds, according to his father, coming into his true freshman year, but lost a fair amount of weight before the start of that season, and played at around 325-335 pounds... has gotten into much better shape during the past three years... has good definition to his arms and upper body... still has a small gut in the middle, but not to the point where he does not look to be in about 90% of the shape he would want to be at this time of year... currently, he is right at or above 6-foot-6 (6060) and 315-320 pounds... will likely look to workout for teams around 300-310 pounds... was timed in the mid-to-late 4.8 range at a lower weight coming out of high school (before adding weight before arriving at USC)... #92 on game film... the NFL Supplemental Draft is set to occur on July 10th, so you can expect Wright's
"Pro Day" workout to happen sometime in mid-to-late June.
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:20 AM   #8
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Remember, he was playing behind Patterson and Cody. Those two were All-Americans, and drafted pretty darn high this season.

Here is a profile I found...

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USC junior-to-be defensive tackle MANUEL WRIGHT (#92) started twice as a sophomore versus Arizona and BYU... recorded a total of 23 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries... top games from 2003/2004 include Michigan (2003), BYU (2004), California (2004), Colorado State (2004), Washington State (2004), Oklahoma (2004)... has had a few minor injuries; sprained right elbow, which happened in the second-half of the Arizona State contest... missed games against Notre Dame and UCLA with a sprained left ankle, which happened against Arizona... missed one game during his freshman year due to an infection in his chin... attended Long Beach CC (CA) in 2002 in order to work on his grades, but did not play football... played high school football at Poly High School in Long Beach along with several other top-rated USC prospects... three-technique defensive tackle with first-round ability, but has not always played at that level... needs to make better use of his hands to get off blocks... plays with good balance and lateral quickness for a player of his size... shows good ball recognition... takes off a few downs here and there... said to be a coachable guy with solid motor on the field... talent level falls somewhere between Albert Haynesworth (Tennessee) and Marquise Hill (New England)...

Has been as high as 365 pounds, according to his father, coming into his true freshman year, but lost a fair amount of weight before the start of that season, and played at around 325-335 pounds... has gotten into much better shape during the past three years... has good definition to his arms and upper body... still has a small gut in the middle, but not to the point where he does not look to be in about 90% of the shape he would want to be at this time of year... currently, he is right at or above 6-foot-6 (6060) and 315-320 pounds... will likely look to workout for teams around 300-310 pounds... was timed in the mid-to-late 4.8 range at a lower weight coming out of high school (before adding weight before arriving at USC)... #92 on game film... the NFL Supplemental Draft is set to occur on July 10th, so you can expect Wright's
"Pro Day" workout to happen sometime in mid-to-late June.
Sounds like a physical freak of nature...
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:25 AM   #9
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If we are going to ship off picks in the supplemental, let's send a third for that kid the Royals took in the second round a couple of years ago. What the hell is his name? Reciever out of Clemson.........

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Old 06-26-2005, 11:29 AM   #10
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6'6" 290lb isn't that spectacular though ... at least for just size



isn't 6'5" 300lbs about the average DT size in the NFL?



taller isn't necessarily a good thing at DT imo
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:40 AM   #11
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6'6" 290lb isn't that spectacular though ... at least for just size



isn't 6'5" 300lbs about the average DT size in the NFL?



taller isn't necessarily a good thing at DT imo

Read it though. He's been as high as 368 and has played in the 320-330 range.
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:46 AM   #12
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:52 AM   #13
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Why do we ned this guy when we already have Ryan Sims??? Wait, I think i just answered my own question.
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:55 AM   #14
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Read it though. He's been as high as 368 and has played in the 320-330 range.
... yea, didn't read that part



if he's athletic at 330 then that IS saying something
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Old 06-26-2005, 01:31 PM   #15
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taller isn't necessarily a good thing at DT imo
Three of the better young DT's in the AFC are all about this size. Seymour is 6-6 310, Stroud is 6-6 312, and Henderson is 6-7 328.
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