2011 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Shareece Wright, CB, USC

It is almost time for the 2011 NFL Draft. Here at Big Blue View we have given you nearly 100 of these Prospect Profiles. No reason we can't give you a few more, especially since new names seem to surface in connection with the New York Giants all the time.

One of those new ones is USC cornerback Shareece Wright, a player the Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo has connected to the Giants both via Twitter and via the Star-Ledger website in recent days.

The Chicago Tribune described the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Wright this way:

He is a solid player with athleticism and speed. Wright was productive as a senior but has had some injuries, so durability is a concern. Wright doesn't have a lot of experience, as he was academically ineligible in 2009.

Wright in an inexperienced player who had only the 2010 season as a full-time member of the USC secondary. He seems like one of those raw, athletic, high-upside guys who always seem to get Jerry Reese's attention. I don't know much about him, but I'm addicted to cornerbacks the way Reese is addicted to defensive ends. If he can play, I like him.

Scouting reports after the jump.

Shareece Wright
5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Projection: Middle rounds

Scouting reports

From Draft Countdown:

- Good height and decent bulk with long arms
- Athletic and smooth with nice speed and a burst
- Quick and agile with superb change of direction
- Fluid hips, excellent feet and transitions well
- Able to turn and run with wideouts downfield
- Displays above average instincts and awareness
- Aggressive and physical with adequate strength
- Gets a nice jam at the line of scrimmage
- Is not afraid to hit or support the run
- Very competitive and has a short memory
- Still has considerable upside

- Is still relatively inexperienced
- Takes some unnecessary chances
- Is not a very reliable tackler
- Intelligence is a question mark
- Hasn't been much of a playmaker
- Ran into some trouble off the field
- Durability and health are concerns

Talented cover guy who looks like an early round pick on paper and has played like it at times but college career was derailed by one unfortunate incident after another --- Compares favorably to former teammate Kevin Thomas, who was a 3rd Round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 NFL Draft --- Extremely intriguing prospect with all of the physical tools you look for --- Could turn out to be a much better pro than college player.

From Rivals.com:

Positives: Good size — well-proportioned with muscle definition. Has strength to press receivers at the line. Good straight-line speed and closing burst. Hustler — great effort chasing down Washington QB Jake Locker from behind. Reads quarterback drops and drives on throws. Willing, physical run supporter who sets the edge. Good tackle production and shows pop on contact. Tough and intense. Has potential as a gunner on special teams.

Negatives: Game does not come naturally to him and could need extra reps to grasp NFL complexities. Very stiff — is not a fluid mover and does not transition smoothly. Plays on his heels. Struggles in off coverage. Suspect hands and downfield ball skills — loses phase, struggles with his back to the ball and lacks finishing skills (one career interception). Injury history needs to be looked into and durability could be an issue.

Summary: Well-proportioned, competitive, physical, press-and-trail corner who lacks elite top-end speed, recovery burst and ball skills. His confidence and physicality will appeal to teams such as the Ravens, Lions, Giants, Rams and Seahawks that like to roll up their corners.

From NFL.com:

Wright plays bigger than his listed size and has good speed. Possesses quick feet and the hip fluidity to transition smoothly and mirror in man coverage. Shows very good instincts to anticipate routes in zone and closes quickly when the ball is in the air. Willing tackler in run support and looks to deliver big shots.

Does not have the deep speed to close the gap once he beat on go routes. Over aggressive at times and is susceptible to double moves. Struggles to break down ball carriers in space and does not always wrap effectively. There are questions about his maturity and durability.

Wright was ruled academically ineligible for the 2009 season, but he has worked hard to salvage his career and has the potential to be drafted in April. He plays very aggressively and likes to hit in run support despite being slightly undersized. He is fast with good agility to stick in man coverage and shows good recognition skills to make plays in zone. His off the field issues, coupled with a serious neck injury in 2008, may scare off a few teams, but Wright is a talented corner and has a chance to be a mid-to-late round draft pick.

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