Scooby Wright may have had the best just-got-drafted reaction of any NFL prospect this year. Right after the Browns announced Wright as their final pick, the former Arizona linebacker ran outside and jumped into a pool.
“It was very refreshing and I needed that at that moment,” Wright told Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray, who were filling in as hosts of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show.
Wright probably needed a dip in the water to cool off. Few people could have predicted he would be the fourth-last pick in the draft.
“I only had one scholarship offer coming into college, so I think it’s only fitting that I went in the seventh round and people still doubt my abilities,” Wright said. “So I just got to go out there, go play ball and do what I do.”
Wright did that pretty well in 2014, winning the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Badnarik Award. A unanimous All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Wright had 163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles.
He was a monster.
In 2015, however, Wright played just three games due to a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained right foot.
“My biggest thing (at the Combine) was to make sure my medical checked out 100 percent and everybody knew I was healthy,” Wright said. “That was my goal at the Combine and it came back and everything was good.”
Wright, who thought he would get drafted in the third or fourth round, said he tried to keep his faith during draft weekend. He knew he’d either get drafted or end up on a team via free agency.
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians apparently called Wright right as the Browns were drafting him.
“He thinks I’m a special player,” Wright said of Arians, “but I guess the people in the suits (Arizona executives) thought different, is what he said.”
Wright said the last few days have been “back to normal life.”
“Just working out, eating right and just getting ready to go into OTAs,” he said. “(I’m getting) ready to play some football.”