IDP Rookie Impact Series: Philip “Scooby” Wright III ILB CLE

Written by Bruce Kimbrough (@fatkat52)

Scooby got his name from his father as he is the III so his dads name is Philip and his Grandfather is also Philip so it’s obviously he had to be get the nick name of Scooby. Coming out of high school Scooby was a two-star recruit and had a few schools talking to him but only the Arizona Wildcats offered him a scholarship and he committed to Arizona. He started in 12 out of 13 games as a true freshman at  sam linebacker. He made the transition from high school with ease as he posted 83 TKs, 40 of them Solos, 9.5 TFL, 1 INT and 1 PD to be named Freshman All-America by and second-team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports. In 2014 as a sophomore he started all 14 games and is when he UNLEASHED his Wrath on the PAC-12 with a Historical 164 TKs (1st-NCAA & PAC-12), 64 of them Solos, 31 TFL (1st- NCAA & PAC-12), 15 SKs (3rd- NCAA & PAC-12), 1 FR and 5 FF. He won almost ever award for 2014 and just to mention a few of them,  Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, all given annually to the nation’s top defender, Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and many others ( His 2015 season didn’t go so well as in the opening game of the season in the first half and making only one tackle was injured. Scooby did come back for the PAC-12 season first game opener with UCLA and posted 7 TKs and then missed the rest of the season. And he only came back to play in Gildan New Mexico Bowl were he was named Defensive MVP Player of the game with 15 TKS, 3.3 TFLand 2 SKs. So Scooby decided to for go his senior year to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Draft Day:
With the 250th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected ILB Scooby Wright, formerly of the Arizona Wildcats. Scooby was drafted in his projected draft slot (5th or 6th round) but the Browns waited till 250 pick with only three picks left in the draft. His draft stock fell after being injured all most all of 2015, I think the Brown got one of the best valued draft picks with Scooby in the draft. He’s has a lot more talent than where he was drafted.

At the 2016 NFL Combine Scooby ran a 4.90 40-Yard Dash, a 1.67 10-Yard Dash Split; he also Bench Pressed 225 lbs 22 times.  He posted a 31″ Vertical Jump, 113″ Broad Jump, with a 4.47 20 yard Shuttle. On Pro Day  he ran a 7.25 (3) Cone Drill, and a ran a 4.87 40-Yard Dash, a 31″ Vertical Jump and he has been clocked as low as a 4.48 forty.

6’0″, 239 lbs, 30 1/2″ Arm Length, 9 3/4″ Hand Size; Can put on a little more weight and muscle.

Scooby is not the most athletic player but skill set makes up for a lot of it.

Well he wasn’t injured till last year which is was out for all but three game wit knee and foot injuries. But he is heath now and getting back into football shape and will be good to go in training camp.

Pass Rush
He’s not the fast guy on the field but he has way to get skinny and find the right gap to get after the QB after all he had 15 SKs in 2014.

Run Defense–
Scooby is always attaching downhill against the run and takes to the blocker not waiting for the play to come to him because he has the crazy instincts to know where the ball is going before the ball carrier does most of the time. He has great side to side movement and does a great job hitting and sliding off the block and finds away to get to it one way or another. He has great body control and balance but can run by the ball but that happens to everyone.

My take on his tackling is it reminded me of the days I was playing LB in the late 60’s and early 70’s it’s not always pretty but it gets the job done and the ball on the ground. Again some of these player analyst are beating him up for the way he tackles is crazy he had 164 TKS in the 2014 season he must be doing something right!!!

He has some of the best football radar that I’ve ever seen, it like he’s in the huddle and knows the play call.

He can play 3-4 or 4-3 ILB and played a 3-3-5 at Arizona.

His motor is non stop and is always around the ball at the end of the play. Only one probably is he has to learn to slow down some times so he can change direction and not by the ball.

Veteran Player Impact:
As far as Vet’s that are ahead of him on the depth carts is Justin Tuggle a 4th year player who has a total of 45 TKs in the last 3 years and only played 329 snaps 29.9% of the snaps last year coming over from Houston. Christian Kirksey  a 3rd year player with 128 TKs in the last two years and 786 snap 49.1% of the snaps in 2015.  So I think Scooby will move ahead odf Tuggle before training camp is over but he will have to work hard to get by Kirksey before camp is over. But he will get some snaps early on when the season starts and we’ll have to see how it plays out because he is a Downhill Tackler.

Dynasty/Re-Draft Fantasy Value:
In Dynasty Leagues I like him for a late round stash pick up and in Re-draft leagues were your rosters aren’t so deep he’ll be a Waiver Wire pick up. He is my #11 LB in DFW Rookie LB Rankings.

Dynasty ADP:
Scooby is coming off draft boards at a AVG of 6.05 in the early drafts, I think in AUG Rankings he’ll start moving up the boards.

My take on Scooby is, he’s not the most athletic player on the field but he has such great instincts and heart to play football it makes up for a lot of other player that are better athletes. He knows where the ball is going and he finds ways to get there and doesn’t stop till the play is over. I know if he gets a chance to play he will put up some good numbers in the run game so we just have to if he can make the transition in the coverage side of the ball.

Now we come to see if he was a one hit wonder or is he only going to make it in the NFL. He’s been compared to Zack Thomas to Vontaze Burfict but who he reminds me of when I first saw him play is Chris Borland of the 49ers. I’ll be drafting in my deep Dynasty Leagues.

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