Name: Corey Wright
School: Adams State
Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?
As it being my first year ever playing DB after the first two years and a half being at Running Back my goal was to simply become a starter at the position and ultimately help my team win games. The first two games we were 0-2 and I didn’t even initially start the 3rd game, second play of our first drive being on defense, Coach Maughn gave me my opportunity to make an impact. I had 9 tackles and a forced fumble and recovery closing the game and we ultimately won so I feel as if I accomplished a goal that drove me, and was happy we got our first win.
Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?
I feel the coaches would say I’m extremely hardworking on the field, I’m an athlete who has a nose for the ball and has a motor who can play different positions in different schemes whether it’s nickel, Strong Safety, maybe show as a linebacker. I feel my coaches would say I love the game and I love pressure that comes with it. I feel my coaches would say I love to talk, which is good and bad. I’m a social guy, I’m vocal which says that I am willing to make a play, but at times being too vocal can be a problem and ultimately I only played 5 games of a promising senior season because of it. For coaches and my teammates and even the coaches at Adams I want to show the world what type of man and player I’ve learned to be in just focusing on what I can control in plays, my assignment and be less vocal unless needed.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film I ask myself am I doing what I was asked but in the confounds of what my coaches asked of me and when I go to my coaches in break periods what feedback am I getting. I’m not going to lie, a lot times me making plays I was doing my own thing and the first 2 games I didn’t start because of it, when I started following in practice the ideal way no matter if it’s being 7 yards by 2 outside shade of the slot receiver I had to make sure on film it was in the right coverages. Coach Maughn and Coach Harrison did a good job on making me understand the technique in everything.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me is that whatever a team brings me in as, whether it’s a safety, LB , Nickel , or Corner I can adapt real easy. If I need to gain weight or loose weight whatever they need me to be ideal at my body has no problems with gaining or dropping and still be able to move. I love film, so I’m watching players like the RBs, Wideouts, or QBs tendencies everyday no matter if you have been in the league or a newcomer, I’m a high 4.5, low 4.6 guy. So I know I need to be a guy who “studies thy shows himself approved”. I played every position in football growing up, and at first I didn’t want to play defense, I just liked running back. Even when they moved me to Quarterback in 8th grade I wanted to stick to running the football. Ultimately it helps me to know that since I’m a defensive player whenever I do get a pick off and fumble recovery I know I’m going to make a play out it , hopefully 6 every time.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
This year training has been different for me. I have been focusing a lot on straight align speed because I relied solely off of football speed. I have been training at Cardinal Gibbons HS with a man by the name of Coach Jamal Daniels. A friend of mine, Isaiah Johnson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let me know about him. So not having the luxury pro day training like these big school kids it was tricky, but Coach D knows what it takes to build speed and that’s pretty much what I’ve been training on these past months since January.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Strengths that will show adding to a team is accountability with first myself and second with my guys, no matter which role if I’m a starter or second team guy our goal in 2020 is to come home with a Super Bowl. If outside the locker room guys need to go over film, plays, the way I was or if he was wrong on a certain thing I believe that’s the maintenance which is needed to a team that nobody sees. I want to be big to a community, football is one thing but living out purpose is another. God called each individual on this planet to fulfill something significant which goes longer than a career. I want to leave the game knowing we changed the game on and off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
In closing, to every team, every league, every GM. I understand my position as a Division 2 guy who played at a small school. Understand big time people, players often come from small beginnings. If I have a chance in Rookie Minicamp and OTAs, my performance, my hustle, my will, and my character all will be personified in each drill and every rep. I am humble but I do believe God called me to play this game and the reason why I haven’t been heard of as much as I should is through life I got in my own way. As a man, give me an opportunity to change my life and my family life.