Photo of Gabe Wright
Drafted By: Lions

Combine Results

Grade
5.6 ?
  • 5.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 100.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

After losing Nick Fairley in free agency, Lions add another penetrating DT in Gabe Wright. His college production was underwhelming but he possesses the explosiveness to 1-gap in their defensive front. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 300LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

Very durable, playing in all 52 games during his four-year career. Selected to play in 2015 Senior Bowl, where he had two tackles, including a tackle for loss. Started final 10 games of 2013 and finished with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Started nine games from 2011-2012. Parade All-American, SuperPrep All-American and Under Armour All-American out of high school.

Analysis

Strengths

Great explosion into first step. Fires out with low pad level and plays with leverage at contact. Able to stay square and fight against double-team blocks. Has ability to get into gaps and disrupt the run game. Uses counter moves as a pass rusher, including a decent spin move. Shows signs of being able to read and react rather than just penetrate.

Weaknesses

Doesn't play with consistent power behind his pads. Must improve at disengaging and locating running back. Displays inconsistent secondary motor when asked to pursue plays beyond the line of scrimmage. Will run himself out of plays. Production was down from 2013, despite getting a higher percentage of snaps in 2014.

Draft Projection

Round 2 or 3

NFL Comparison

Terrell McClain

Bottom Line

Teams have an issue with his lack of production in 2014, but his initial burst off the snap can't be dismissed. Wright has been in a defensive-line rotation at Auburn over the last two seasons, but has never really shown an ability to be a run-stuffer. Wright is a fit in a penetrating scheme, but he must continue to improve as a pass rusher.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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