The most surprising selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Draft was undoubtedly the third-round pick of Nahshon Wright. The Cowboys selected the Oregon State cornerback with the 99th overall selection.
Yet, there seemed to be an initial overwhelming belief Wright was chosen far too high by the Cowboys with some thinking the former Beaver was more of a late day three selection or even a possible undrafted free agent. He was recently chosen by The Sporting News as one of the worst value picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But the Cowboys, who seemed to favor prospects with length in this class, obviously felt differently much about Wright’s value. And even the 6-foot-4, 190-pound cornerback himself believes he’s the perfect fit for new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s scheme.
Despite any misgivings about Wright’s draft status, the fact is he’s now playing for the Cowboys and has a chance to prove his naysayers wrong. And apparently, that process started over the weekend during the Cowboys’ Rookie Minicamp.
According to both Isaiah Stanback and Hek’ma Harrison of the show Talkin’ Cowboys via DallasCowboys.com, Wright was a standout during the team practice drills using his size, length, and hands to clamp down on receivers.
Here’s what Bryan Broaddus of 105.3 The Fan had to say about Wright’s minicamp performance that was so impressive …
"“The guy that’s looked good both days I got to see him play was that Nahshon Wright … He was outstanding. Press coverage. Off coverage. He was able to drive on a ball, ball was late to the outside, he drove underneath, had an interception. He was in position to make several plays throughout.”"
While the level of competition was low, and the players didn’t even play in pads, the first glimpse of Wright in a Cowboys’ uniform seems to have been a very positive one. And that’s a great start for a prospect who everyone will be watching this summer.
The tall, lanky rookie corner will certainly be hard to miss in the secondary. As a junior last season, Wright racked up 30 total tackles, four pass deflections, two interceptions, a sack, and a forced fumble in six games.
Nahshon Wright made headlines following the draft when he called himself a more athletic and agile Richard Sherman. He would later reach out to Sherman to clear up that statement. The result was the five-time All-Pro offering to help the rookie corner if he ever needs it.