Saturday was a busy day for University of Arizona lineback Scooby Wright. First, Wright and the Wildcats narrowly defeated the University of New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl, by a final score of 45-37. Then, Wright gave an emotional goodbye to Arizona, declaring that he would be entering the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the day was done, Wright had signed on with NFL superagent Drew Rosenhaus, a signing that was live-tweeted by Wright’s father:
Scooby ,signs with Drew Rosenhaus Sports .
Great job my son ,so very proud of you . Thank you Wild Cat Nation pic.twitter.com/H9aBrvgwDt
— Philip Wright (@GoAz_33) December 20, 2015
Wright will be entering the draft on the strength of his 2014 season, his sophomore year in college. Across 14 games, Wright totaled 164 tackles, including 31 for a loss, and five forced fumbles — all of which led the nation in their respective categories. Wright finished ninth place in Heisman Trophy voting at the end of the season, and was the only defensive player to receive votes. The bowl game against New Mexico was just Wright’s third game of an injury-shortened 2015 season.
Wright does not appear in first-round mock drafts, such as this week’s mock draft from ESPN’s Todd McShay (ESPN Insider), perhaps because he had not officially declared Draft entry. CBS Sports had Wright ranked as the fourth-best inside linebacker of the 2017 Draft.