Jaylen Wright
Jaylen Wright  RB  Tennessee | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jaylen Wright
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Jaylen Wright RB Tennessee | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jaylen Wright RB Tennessee
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Work-Horse Back
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.38 seconds (94%*)
Height: 5-10 (36%*) Weight: 210 (41%*)
Hands: 9 3/8 (57%*) Arm: 31 1/2 (64%*) Span: 75 7/8 (75%*)
Forty: 4.38 (C) (94%*) Ten Yard: 1.55 (C) (74%*)
Vertical: 38 (C) (87%*) Broad: 134 (C) (100%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Work-Horse Back
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.38 seconds (94%*)
0% 100%
Height: 5-10 (36%*) Weight: 210 (41%*)
Hands: 9 3/8 (57%*) Arm: 31 1/2 (64%*)
Span: 75 7/8 (75%*)
Forty: 4.38 (C) (94%*)
10 Yard: 1.55 (C) (74%*)
Vertical: 38 (C) (87%*) Broad: 134 (C) (100%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
Overall Rating: 85.4 / 100
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Overall Rank: #69 Position rank: #2
College Games: 33 College Snaps: 888
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 75/100
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 87 Stars 247 RATING: 87/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.7 (93%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
DeWayne McBride - UAB
Dameon Pierce - Florida
Kenneth Walker III - Michigan State
Draft Profile: Bio
Jaylen Wright from Southern High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Wright joined Tennessee.

In 2021 as a freshman Wright saw action in 9 games for the Volunteers as he ran for 409 yards on 85 attempts for 4.8 yards per carry, with 4 TDs, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made just 6 receptions for 22 yards.

As a sophomore in 2022 he played 12 games. and rushed for 789 yards on 135 carries for an excellent 5.8 ypc, with 10 TDs, with 4 fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in just 2 receptions for 8 yards.

In 2023 as a junior Wright saw action in 12 games for the Volunteers. He ran for an outstanding 1010 yards on 136 attempts for an outstanding 7.4 ypc, with 4 TDs, with one fumble. As a receiver he made 22 receptions for 141 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Wright runs with violence; he’s capable of thrashing through tacklers, and Wright has the natural balance to withstand contact.
  • He keeps his pads low and consistently falls forward. Unlike most backs his size, he has the lateral movement and stop-start ability to make defenders whiff. He has breakaway speed in the open field.
  • Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #24. He wrote " The 5-11 Wright is up to 200 pounds but displayed some serious juice this offseason, clocking 23.6 mph in practice. Beyond that, Wright vertical-jumped 44 inches and did a 10-8 broad jump."
  • Exhibits patience and decisiveness, allowing blocks to develop before hitting holes with explosive speed.
  • He gets low and rarely absorbs significant contact, and he shows a nice blend of quickness and patience, maximizing his blocking.
  • Proven ability as a receiving threat out of the backfield, adding dimensions to his game.
  • He is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands.
  • He shows good vision and good explosion upfield once he plants his foot. Wright has lateral movement skills and enough speed to threaten big plays. He’s excellent in the passing game, capable of flexing out as a receiver and creating mismatches against linebackers, and he’s a solid back in the screen game.
  • Displays impressive burst and acceleration, capable of outrunning defensive angles.
  • Fits a zone system, can sift through oncoming traffic and explode through tiny creases and cutback lanes. Elite, darting stop-and-go acceleration. Dangerous in the open field.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Wright has a slight build, especially for a running back, and Wright isn’t going to grind out yardage between the tackles, as he lacks power and runs with a fairly high pad level.
  • Has a lean frame and lacks ideal bulk or muscle for the position. Doesn't have great strength, lacking a power element to his game to break many tackles.
  • Struggles with yards after contact against more physical defenders.
  • Route-running needs refinement to fully exploit his receiving potential.
  • Occasionally misses opportunities for cutback lanes, affecting play diversity.
Scouting Report: Summary
Jaylen Wright is a dynamic running back prospect who brings a compelling mix of speed, agility, and football acumen to the table, positioning him as a standout player in the upcoming NFL Draft. Wright's tape from Tennessee showcases a player with elite long speed and the ability to turn routine plays into touchdowns, making him a constant threat on the ground. His versatility shines through his ability to contribute in both the running and passing game, demonstrating an adeptness at catching out of the backfield and providing solid pass protection.

However, Wright's game does come with areas ripe for development. His lateral agility and initial explosion off the snap are points of concern, as they limit his effectiveness in eluding defenders in the backfield and at the line of scrimmage. Furthermore, his ability to generate yards after contact and refine his route-running are aspects that will require attention at the next level. Despite these areas for improvement, Wright's overall skill set, including his vision, patience, and competitive toughness, underscores a player with a high ceiling in the NFL.

Projected as a potential early-round pick, Wright's transition to the professional game will be eagerly watched by scouts and coaches alike. His ability to immediately contribute as a change-of-pace back, coupled with the potential for development into a primary back in a high-octane offense, makes him an enticing option for teams seeking versatility and playmaking ability in their backfield. Wright's collegiate production, highlighted by impressive yardage and scoring plays, hints at a player ready to make an immediate impact.

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*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.