2007 NFL Draft Player Reviews – RB Dwayne Wright

2007 NFL Draft Player Reviews – RB Dwayne Wright

This past season Dwayne Wright was coming back from a serious knee injury suffered during the second game of the 2004 season, and showed the NFL scouts he is back and 110% healthy. Wright rushed for 1,462 yards and 11TD’s. His biggest game this past season came against Louisiana Tech when he rushed for 295 yards and a TD. Other notable performances this season included a 158 yard, 3 TD game against Nevada, 154 and 1 TD against Oregon, 136 yard and 2 TD’s against Washington, and 121 and 2 TD’s against New Mexico St. In his final game at Fresno St. Dwayne rushed for 106 yards and 2 TD’s against San Jose St. Dwayne caught 51 passes for 429 and 2 TD’s during his career at Fresno St in addition, showing all-around running back skills.

He was off to a great start in 2004 before his year ended at Kansas St. Wright went by a demanding rehabilitation that lasted two years to return to 100 percent for the 2006 season, and boy did he have a season!! Dwayne is a tough runner who possesses good breakaway speed once he gets by the defensive line, and has nice hands out the backfield. Wright earned the starting job during the 2003 season and had a huge year. Dwayne spent a lot of time in the weight room and additional weight and strength in 2005 spent the year working on injury rehabilitation. Wright played in two games in 2004, starting both, before tearing his left patella tendon when being tackled at the end of a 61-yard pass play in the fourth quarter of the Kansas State game … he missed the remainder of the year as a consequence. He started the season with a 109-yard effort in a win over Washington and had 74 yards in the KSU contest before going down with the injury.

In 2003 he was an honorable mention All-WAC honoree after transferring from junior college after playing in all 14 games, starting eight. Wright became the 12th player in program history to gain more than 1,000 rushing yards and supplanted record-holding running back Rodney Davis midway by the season. Wright had consecutive 100-yard games against Louisiana Tech and Portland State. Dwayne initially made groups with a TD run against top-ranked Oklahoma, in a game where he came out of the backfield to record 19 catches for 143 yards and a score. That year he finished fourth in the WAC in rushing yards. Dwayne had his best game of the year came against Louisiana Tech when he rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown. He just missed an 100-yard game against UTEP (97 yards), Rice (96) and Nevada (91).

Wright initially committed to Washington St. but when Mike Price left to become Alabama’s head coach, he decided to attend West Hills Junior College, where he led his team to the Silicon Valley Bowl against Foothills College. Wright and the team finished third in the Valley Conference. He was named to the All-Central Valley Conference team. Dwayne played in eight games and rushed for 1,068 yards and scored 11 touchdowns and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He was named team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player. Wright was one of the top running backs to come out of high school on the west coast and was named the San Diego Union Tribune’s Offensive Player of the Year out of Lincoln High School in 2000.

Dwayne was born June 2, 1983 to parents’ Gwen and Wil Washington and has has two brothers, Kenrick and Andre, and one sister, Ashley. Dwayne married Jewelyn Wright and the associate have two children – a daughter, Jewelyn, and a son, Demarion.

Wright is a day 1 pick, no doubt. He fits best with a zone blocking scheme and is built for the NFL. I think the knee injury was some what a blessing in concealment for Dwayne, it allowed him to add much needed weight and strength to him frame and stayed the same kind of back. When he first came to Fresno St. he has a frame similar to Eric Dickerson, (tall and lean), but with the additional weight, he now has an NFL ready body.

He may not have the 4.3 speed, but his speed and strength combo is impressive. Wrights hands are also really good, making him a good fit for a team that runs the west coast offense, or a version of it.

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