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Browns selected Arizona ILB Scooby Wright with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Wright (6'0/239) turned pro after three years, amassing 42 career tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles across 29 starts. Wright earned 2014's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year before missing all but three games as a 2015 true junior with a torn lateral meniscus and sprained foot. His Combine measurables disappointed, running 4.90 with a 31-inch vertical. In college, Wright overcame his limitations with instincts, quickness and a hair-on-fire playing demeanor. Before earning any defensive snaps in the NFL, Wright will have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 6:35 PM

Broncos selected Arizona S Will Parks with the No. 219 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Parks was not on the radar of most NFL draft scouting services. He stands 6-foot, 204 and managed a 4.63 forty at the Wildcats' Pro Day. Parks will have to show special teams value in order to win a roster spot as a rookie.
Apr 30 - 5:36 PM

Arizona S Will Parks completed a visit with the Broncos and is travelling to Cincinnati next.

Parks will absolutely be a third day safety target for a number of teams. The 6-foot, 204-pound safety tested like a poor athlete. He has also met with the Cowboys, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks and Browns throughout this process.
Apr 20 - 8:36 AM

In an open letter posted to the Player's Tribune, Arizona ILB Scooby Wright wrote that "some scouting services are projecting me as a fourth-round pick."

While it's difficult to glean much actual information from anything published on the Player's Tribune, Wright at least acknowledged his perceived lack of athleticism when he wrote, "Put me in sweats and ask me to run in circles around cones, and I’ll do an okay job. But put me in pads and ask me to lead your defense, and there’s a lot of evidence that I can help you win." It isn't inconceivable that the 6-foot, 239-pounder could slip far enough in the draft that he actually becomes undervalued. Pro Football Focus believes that would occur if he fell out of the second round.
Apr 12 - 8:52 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Arizona ILB Scooby Wright's instincts are second-to-none.

"Wright's athletic testing numbers and overall speed aren't up to the early round league standards for his position," Zierlein wrote (no shock there), "but he has predictive instincts and initial quickness that puts him ahead of most blockers en route to the ball." The 6-foot, 239-pound linebacking prospect manages to crack the analyst's list of potential defensive draft steals. Pro Football Focus has likewise deemed Wright as a potential undervalued prospect, though they only view him that way if he falls beyond the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 4:50 PM

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Arizona ILB Scooby Wright, said that Thursday's Pro Day "definitely helped [Wright's draft stock]."

We'll let Rosenhaus offer his spin before bringing proceedings back to earth here. Said the super-agent, "Coming out of this workout, he definitely helped himself. The film is so awesome for him. All we really wanted to accomplish was to have some good numbers." He added, "He may not be the best athlete in the draft, but he’s one of the great football players. That production is going to separate him." Noted, Mr. Rosenhaus. Now for our reverse spin: Following Thursday's workout, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that the 6-foot, 239-pound linebacker "wasn't overly impressive" on Thursday, relaying that he heard "his position work was solid, but nothing outstanding." It's possible -- as Pro Football Focus has asserted -- that Wright could actually slip into value territory if he falls too far past his general second-round evaluation.
Source: tucson.com
Mar 26 - 5:10 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Arizona T Lene Maiava (knee) will hold a workout for NFL teams on April 18.

Cutting it close there, young man. April 18 falls just 10 days before the draft itself is set to kick off in Chicago. He measured 6-foot-4, 318 pounds during Thursday's Pro Day and did take part in the bench press. On that, he recorded an impressive 34 reps. Pauline deems the knee injury as "minor," meaning that it theoretically shouldn't handicap him much once April 18 rolls around. Maiva has meetings with the Chargers and Seahawks set for the coming days.
Mar 25 - 5:03 PM

Arizona S Will Parks has meetings scheduled with the Seahawks and Browns.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline tagged Parks as an "underrated safety" and noted that he "looked good" during Thursday's Pro Day. After measuring in at 6-foot, 204 pounds, Parks went on to run the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.55 seconds. He also jumped various distances (32-inch vertical, 9-foot-7 broad). For the 2015 campaign, the NFL-hopeful defender logged 76 tackles (7.0 for loss) along with seven pass breakups and a pair of fumbles forced. Per Pauline, he met "extensively" with the Cowboys, Ravens and Saints on Pro Day.
Mar 25 - 4:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that Arizona DE Reggie Gilbert met with the Chargers and Saints following the conclusion of his Pro Day on Thursday.

Pauline noted that Gilbert "had himself a good day" on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 261-pounder (Pro Day measurement) ran the 40 in 4.79 seconds, jumped 33.5 inches (vertical) and 9-foot-6 (broad) while also managing 24 bench press reps. In positional work, he went through defensive line and linebacker drills. Last season, Gilbert recorded 41 tackles (8.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Mar 25 - 3:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passed along word that Arizona ILB Scooby Wright "wasn't overly impressive" during Thursday's Pro Day.

"The consensus was Wright ran the 40 in the mid-4.8s (4.84/4.85) though some teams did clock him at 4.79. I'm told his position work was solid, but nothing outstanding," Pauline noted. Perhaps predictably, size concerns haven't faded for the 6-foot, 239-pounder. "Teams are concerned about his body type, as Wright has a stocky upper frame but thin lower body," Pauline wrote, later adding that he questions how high Wright will be drafted given his coverage limitations.
Mar 25 - 3:39 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (hamstring) returned to practice Monday.

Solomon had missed the previous four practices with his hamstring ailment, but spring break allowed the 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt junior some crucial recovery time and he managed to make it back onto the field on Monday. While the hammy woes shouldn't be considered serious--the season doesn't start for another half-year--Solomon missed two-plus games in 2015 while dealing with various injuries. It would be nice if he could simply have a clean stretch of health. Last season, he threw for 2,655 yards (62.35 completions) with a 20/5 TD/INT ratio.
Mar 22 - 1:35 PM

Pro Football Focus argues that Arizona ILB Scooby Wright could be an "enormous value" if he slips to the third round or later.

"[The reason Wright's stock isn't higher is because] he missed most of the 2015 season due to injury," Jeff Dooley wrote. "He also had an underwhelming combine performance, which included a 4.90 40 time, leading some to question whether he’s anything more than a two-down player in the NFL. Our analysts share that concern, given that some coverage issues show up on his tape, but if he slips to the third round or later he could wind up being an enormous value." The site calls him the fourth-most underrated prospect in the draft. If you want to hear a PFFer talking about Wright's problematic evaluation, Steve Palazzolo did so on an episode of the Rotoworld Football Podcast earlier this month.
Mar 19 - 2:46 PM

Arizona ILB Scooby Wright's 40-yard dash time of 4.90 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine was "troublesome," according to Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell.

"None of [Wright's] testing was very good and he’s not a quick twitch guy, so he needs a huge jump in numbers and performance to push up the charts," Farrell noted. The 6-foot, 239-pound Wildcat will have one more chance to improve on that come Arizona's pro day on March 24, though how much he can improve given his athletic limitations is a question mark. Farrell went on to offer a predictable Zach Thomas comp for Wright, noting that like Thomas, he could "just [use] his instincts to overcome everything else."
Source: rivals.com
Mar 11 - 8:10 PM

Arizona junior RB Nick Wilson (knee) has practiced without limitation this spring.

Wilson appeared in just nine games last year due to foot and knee injuries. It was the knee bothering him at the end of the 2015 campaign--it ultimately forced him to miss the team's bowl win over New Mexico in mid-December--but he appears to be past that injury. Or at least it hasn't forced any restrictions in practice thus far. In last season's (relatively) healthy contests, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior rushed for 736 yards (5.5 YPC) and eight touchdowns. He's a prime bounce-back candidate for the 2016 season, having rushed for a healthy 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman in 2014.
Mar 11 - 3:18 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (hamstring) missed his fourth consecutive practice on Friday.

Solomon's struggling with the hammy right now, but all is not lost for the Wildcats. Per the Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt junior will likely return to practice after the university's spring break. Solomon struggled with injury last season, but managed to throw for 2,655 yards (62.3% completions) with a 20/5 TD/INT ratio when healthy. Arizona's looking to rebound from a disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2015.
Mar 11 - 3:05 PM


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