On the eve of his Pro Day, NFL draft prospect Scooby Wright dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the pressure – or lack thereof – that he feels heading into Thursday.
On the one hand, Wright, a linebacker prospect out of Arizona, did not perform well at the Combine, so a solid performance at his Pro Day is crucial. On the other hand, regardless of how Wright performs Thursday, it’ll be an improvement over how he fared in Indianapolis.
“I pretty much did the worst I could possibly do at the Combine,” Wright said on The DA Show. “It’s just up from here. I know my numbers will be a lot better because just because I’ll be more fresh and be in my environment and in just a better state of mind.”
Wright, one of the best collegiate linebackers in the country, battled nagging knee injuries last season. He tore his left meniscus in Arizona’s season-opening 42-32 win over Texas San Antonio and returned to action less than three weeks after surgery to play against UCLA.
Arizona lost, 56-30, and Wright injured his right foot.
“I was pretty much sidelined until the bowl game,” Wright said, referring to Arizona’s 45-37 win over New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
In hindsight, Wright probably should have sat out longer and given his knee more time to heal, but he wanted to get back on the field and help his teammates.
“I wouldn’t say I regret it,” he said. “You live and you learn, but it probably wasn’t the smartest thing. I wish I would have been a little smarter about it, I guess, and not so aggressive. . . . As much as I wanted to tell myself my knee was 100 percent, it wasn’t 100 percent.”
Wright, 21, said he’s going to feel loose during his Pro Day and have fun. He doesn’t know where he’ll be drafted, or when, but he is looking forward to playing football – as opposed to performing drills.
“I don’t think a team would draft you if you weren’t going to fit their scheme,” he said. “I mean, I don’t care where i drafted. I know it all goes back to football in a couple of weeks when you get to camp, and that’s what I’m (looking forward to). I’m not an underwear Olympic gold medalist. Everything should work out well.”