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Gabe Wright, DT

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Columbus, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 300 lbs.
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Player Overview

The first-round selections of "undersized" defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Dominique Easley a year ago provided evidence of the NFL's appreciation for penetrating defensive tackles who can affect the quarterback. Wright isn't quite as athletic or as productive as Donald or Easley, but his initial quickness and tenacity could help him generate similar buzz as the 2015 draft approaches, especially after an impressive week at the Senior Bowl.

Wright has been part of Auburn's rotation along the defensive line since stepping onto the field as a true freshman and emerged as a legitimate standout as a junior, starting 11 games for the Tigers on their road to the BCS title game and registered 35 tackles, including 8.5 for loss. Opponents focused more attention on him in 2014 and his numbers shrunk (24 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack), though he did also register 10 QB hurries.

Wright may not be a dynamic enough talent to star on his own accord at the next level. Used in a rotation, however, he could emerge as a key contributor to a pass rush. It isn't out of the question that from a statistical standpoint Wright could prove to be an even better player at the next level than he was at Auburn, especially given the frequency of passing in today's NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a well-proportioned frame, carrying his 299 pounds without any extra weight over his belt. Wright has terrific initial quickness, which he can use to penetrate gaps and wreak havoc in the backfield. He has very active hands to swim past would-be blockers and impair the vision of the quarterback. Good lateral agility and straight-line speed for stunts.

Accelerates smoothly for a big man and shows some savvy and flexibility to react to cut blocks, sprawling effectively and occasionally leaping over would-be blockers. Good effort in lateral and downfield pursuit, sometimes flashing 20 yards downfield to surprise ball-carriers.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't play with the same fire against the run as he does the pass and has a tendency to run hot and cold, overall. At times he is so consumed with rushing upfield that he loses sight of the ball. Has to do a better job of redirecting his charge, as Wright shows some stiffness when changing directions and doesn't make as many plays in pursuit as he should given his athleticism. Can be overwhelmed by mass at the point of attack. Needs to get stronger with his hands to break free from run blockers. Sometimes gets his hands too high, which has drawn flags for hands to the face.

--Rob Rang

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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5.072.961.7834 26 1/28'4"4.567.73
Workout Results
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Player News
05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Lions' seven picks: Round 4/113 -- Gabe Wright, DT, 6 -3, 300, Auburn...With no pick in the fourth round after trading it to Baltimore in the Haloti Ngata deal, the Lions gave up a 2016 third-round pick to Philadelphia to move into the fourth round and take Wright, whom they considered in the third round. He's a quick, penetrating pass rusher who fits the height and weight measurables the Lions look for on the interior and should be a rotational player immediately. - The Sports Xchange


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