Versatile and physical, Mykael Wright should appeal to plenty of teams looking for cornerback help in the 2022 NFL Draft. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with his coverage ability and competitiveness. He's not a finished product, but there are plenty of tools to work with and he also could make an impact on special teams.
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Mykael Wright Draft Profile
Undersized but athletic, Wright brings the kind of man-coverage ability now required in the majority of NFL schemes. He lines up in press coverage and mirrors effectively thanks to patience, fluid movement skills and good speed. Despite being on the small side, he plays with a physical edge at the line of scrimmage and at the catch point. He can line up over the slot, with the movement skills to cover a two-way go and enough physicality to help in run support inside. He brings special teams value as well, including as a kick returner (he returned two for touchdowns his freshman year).
Wright is still something of a work in progress, and he has difficulty playing off-man coverage or sitting back in zone, where he struggles with route recognition and spatial awareness. While he has click-and-close quickness, he doesn’t react quickly enough to make plays on the ball. He needs to do a better job getting his head around when playing press, and his lack of length will leave him susceptible to the deep ball being dropped in over his head.
He’s an undersized press corner, which will make some teams hesitant, but Wright is a four-down player who brings versatility to play inside or the boundary as well as physicality and competitiveness.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th Round