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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Abraham Wright

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 242 | College: Colorado
 
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Overview

Despite giving up considerable bulk to the massive offensive tackles he regularly faced, Wright's combination of quickness and strength saw him wreak havoc in the opposition's backfield on a weekly basis. This high intensity pass rusher registered at least one sack in eight of the first 10 games he played in during the 2006 campaign, finishing second in the nation with 11.5 sacks and second in the Big 12 Conference with 15.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Wright lettered three years in football, playing defensive end and linebacker as he was a three-year starter at Southeast High School. As a senior, he earned first-team All-District honors as he was in on 110 tackles, including 14 for losses and 7.5 sacks.

His top games included a close win over Guymon as a senior, when he had eight tackles, one sack and made the only interception he has ever had on any level of football; it came late in the game to preserve the win. Southeast was 5-5 his junior and senior seasons and 6-5 his sophomore year, reaching the state playoffs.

In 2002, Wright enrolled at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, spending the season adjusting to a move from linebacker to defensive end, earning redshirt status. He saw action at both positions during the 2003 campaign, collecting 68 tackles (38 solos) with eight sacks and 14 stops for losses.

Wright then transferred to Colorado for the 2004 season. He started the final three games at defensive end, coming up with 23 tackles (17 solos), 4.5 sacks and 5.5 stops for losses of 455 plays. He also had three third-down tackles and three pressures.

Wright took over left defensive end duties for the Buffaloes in 2005. He was in on 27 tackles (19 solos), including five sacks and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage while appearing in 659 snaps. He caused two fumbles, deflected five passes and had four pressures.

As a senior, Wright garnered All-Big 12 Conference and All-Colorado first-team accolades, as he ranked second nationally with 11.5 sacks. He produced 57 tackles (39 solos) with 15.5 stops for losses on 707 plays. Eight of his stops came on third-down plays and he caused two interceptions. He also had 17 pressures and three pass break-ups.

In 36 games at Colorado, Wright started 26 times. He recorded 107 tackles (75 solos) and ranks fifth in school history with 21 sacks for minus-151 yards. He had 28 stops for losses of 165 yards and 24 quarterback pressures. He also caused three fumbles and deflected eight passes. Seventeen of his tackles came on third-down plays, as he logged action in 1,821 plays.

Analysis

Positives: Well-built athlete with room on his frame to add additional bulk, but his frame is more suited for an outside linebacker than a down lineman … Has a quick initial burst off the snap and very good hand usage to defeat blocks and slip into the backfield … Despite giving up considerable bulk to linemen, he has the power to squeeze the rush lanes … Plays with good aggression and uses his hands well to reroute the tight end in the short area … Uses his hands well to gain leverage when shedding blocks … Strong taking on blocks and holding his ground … Shows no wasted movements in his lateral slide and does an efficient job of redirecting and getting back into the action … Does a nice job of timing his leaps to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage … Maintains leverage making plays towards his outside and has the closing burst to chase down plays at the opposite end of the field … Does a nice job of keeping his feet moving and extending his hands to shed … Disciplined runner who is very adept at locating the ball … Shows good swim moves to work through traffic with no hesitation on the way to pressure the pocket … Effective wrap-up tackler who knows how to slip under the offensive lineman to make plays in tight quarters … Effective blitzer whose quickness gives him an advantage over the larger blockers.

Negatives: Needs work in zone coverage, showing hesitation making the switch-off … When he gets too tall in his stance, blockers are able to latch on to his body and ride him wide of the pocket … Has good acceleration, but lacks the timed speed to mirror the receiver on deep routes … Will sometimes overextend trying to recover when beaten in the short area … Comes out a little too upright in his backpedal, resulting in him not getting a fluid turning motion towards the ball … Has the loose hips in his backpedal, but takes some false steps in transition and shuffles his feet trying to come out of his breaks … Best when given a free lane to attack rather than have him wait at the line to read keys (struggles some to locate the ball carrier when working through trash).

Compares To: JASON BABIN-Houston … Wright might be a better fit for a 3-4 alignment as a linebacker rather than being utilized as a rush end, as he simply lacks the bulk to take on blockers in the trenches. He is more quick than fast, but knows how to escape the bigger blockers with an efficient swim move en route to the pocket. Since he did not play special teams until a few games before his career ended at Colorado, it is questionable if he can lend support in that role. He will have to re-adjust to playing linebacker at the next level due to size issues, but it is evident that he can find ways to get to the quarterback.

Career Notes

Ranks fifth in Colorado history with 21 sacks, topped only by Alfred Williams (35, 1987-90), Ron Woolfork (33, 1990-93), Greg Jones (25, 1992-96) and Laval Short (24.5, 1976-79) … His 11.5 sacks in 2006 were the most by a Colorado player sine Woolfolk totaled 14 in 1993 … Including his time at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Wright registered 175 tackles (113 solos) with 29 sacks, 42 stops behind the line of scrimmage and nine pass deflections for his collegiate career.

2006 Season

All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … All-Big 12 Conference and All-Colorado first-team pick … Started eleven of twelve games at left defensive end, ranking second in the nation with 11.5 sacks for minus 93 yards … Led the league with 15.5 stops for losses of 103 yards … Credited with seventeen quarterback pressures and had three pass deflections … Also caused a fumble while appearing in 707 snaps … Eight of his stops came on third-down plays and he also caused two interceptions.

2006 SEASON Analysis

Had five games with two or more tackles for loss, including three multiple sack games (he had four against Colorado State, with three sacks). He had seven tackles three times on the year (Montana State, Arizona State, Baylor), with six three other times. He saw some special teams duty late in the season, registering one knockdown block.

2005 Season

Started all twelve regular season games at left defensive end … Credited with 27 tackles (19 solos), five sacks for minus 28 yards and seven stops for losses of 31 yards on 659 plays … Credited with four pressures, five pass deflections and two forced fumbles … Made six third-down stops.

2005 SEASON ANALYSIS

He earned CU lineman of the week honors (as well as the school's overall athlete of the week accolades) for his monster game at Oklahoma State: he had four tackle, all solo, a quarterback sack, an interception, a caused interception, a forced fumble and a third down stop. He had four tackles in three games, and in the opener against Colorado State, he had two tackles, one for a loss, a caused pick and a forced fumble. In the bowl game vs. Clemson, he was in on three tackles.

2004 Season

Started the final three games at left defensive end and appeared in twelve contests during his first season at Colorado … Registered 23 tackles (17 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 30 yards and 5.5 stops for losses of 31 yards … Credited with three quarterback pressures and appeared in 455 snaps … Had three third-down stops.

2004 SEASON ANALYSIS

His season high came against Kansas State when he recorded five (three solo), with one for a loss. In the win at Kansas, he had three solo stops that included the first multi-sack game of his career (two, for 12 yards in losses), and his first career sack came at Washington State on the Cougars' final drive to help keep them at an arm's length in that win. In limited action in the bowl win over UTEP, he wasn't in on any tackles but he did have a key pass broken up late in the fourth quarter.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.66 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 4.42 20-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill.

Junior College

Played one season at Northeast Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Okla.), lining up at both defensive end and outside linebacker for coach Dale Patterson in 2003 … Named to Super Prep's JUCO Top 100 List, ranked as the No. 62 player overall in the junior college ranks, and the No. 5 defensive end; Rivals.com pegged him as the 59th best non-high school prospect … Recorded 68 tackles (38 solos), with 14 tackles for loss including eight quarterback sacks and a pass broken up, in helping NEO to a 10-2 record, the SWJCFC championship and a No. 11 national ranking by JC Grid-wire … One of his top games came in a 34-20 win over Blinn, when he made six tackles that included three quarterback sacks … Redshirted his first year at NEO (2002), as he made a transition from linebacker to defensive end.

High School

Attended Southeast (Oklahoma City, Okla.) High School, playing football for head coach Joe Poslick … Lettered three years in football, playing defensive end and linebacker as he was a three-year starter … As a senior, he earned first-team All-District honors as he was in on 110 tackles, including 14 for losses and 7.5 sacks … His top games included a close win over Guymon as a senior, when he had eight tackles, one sack and made the only interception he has ever had on any level of football; it came late in the game to preserve the win … Southeast was 5-5 his junior and senior seasons and 6-5 his sophomore year, reaching the state playoffs.

Personal

Graduated with his bachelor's degree in Sociology in December 2006 … Earned his A.A. degree from Northeast Oklahoma A&M in December 2003 … Started taking sign language lessons in the summer of 2004 and has a sincere interest of working with the deaf after his football playing days are over; he has also hosted deaf children on campus. He was CU's 2006 nomination for the AFCA's Good Works team largely in part because of his interest in this area … Cousin, Robert Jones, was a cornerback at Oklahoma State (2001-04) … Born

10/15/84 in Tulsa, Oklahoma … Resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 
 

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