“He’s been aggressive, competitive. Definitely what you’re looking for in your young guys.”
Many draft observers were surprised when the Cowboys drafted Wright with the last of three third-round picks in late April. Many had him projected as a Day 3 pick. The Cowboys did not.
New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has always valued tall, rangy cornerbacks who can use their length to disrupt receivers. (Wright also has 4.4 speed and fluid change-of-direction skills for a player with his size.) Quinn attended Wright’s pro day workout at Oregon State but had already seen the potential scheme fit on film.
Wright had tracked Quinn’s coaching career, too, and knew that Quinn’s scheme would be a perfect landing spot.
“It’s great knowing that he believes in my ability to play in the system,” Wright said. “It kind of gives you that much more confidence to go out there and be yourself and just let loose. It’s definitely great to be playing under DQ.”
Cornerback is a loaded position on the Cowboys roster. Three returning veterans – Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis – started at least eight games last year. The club drafted former LSU and Kentucky standout Kelvin Joseph in the second round.
Wright’s competition for regular-season snaps is steep. He’s watching the veterans closely, looking for ways to adapt his game, while working on new techniques at the position.
“Somewhat different (than Oregon State),” he said. “Actually moving my…