Darnell Wright is a big-time position-specific need for this team that they grab late on day 2 of the draft. In my mock draft here I was forced to decide between Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson or Dawand Jones at 84. I knew that Dawand Jones was also a nice fit at right tackle, but I thought the upside of taking Hodges-Tomlinson was too good to pass on.
I was also confident enough to take Hodges-Tomlinson because I liked the athleticism of Darnell Wright to fit for this team.
For the first reason, he has played right tackle for all but one year in his college career. He also has played left tackle, so he has experience on both sides, but he has found a home at right tackle. He could be the long-term fix, as the long-term blindside blocker for Tua Tagovailoa.
At 6’6 335 lbs, he is one of the most physical and agile players you will get on this offensive line. The guy to his left on the offensive line, Robert Hunt, is just as agile and physical. They could be a dangerous combo for the future of that right side.
Wright has great athleticism and great power, he is very good against bull-rushers, however, he often gets lazy with moving his feet. He can get beat with great speed off the edge and might struggle as a puller in the run game as he sometimes will lunge and try and reach against faster defenders.
He is very good at moving laterally and is comfortable going backward in pass protection, however, he needs to work on his balance, and consistency in moving his feet. With the right coaching and veteran help, he can be one of the best right tackles in the league.