Chat with Rod Wright
Scouts, Inc. on Wright: "Wright has the overall physical tools, including the size, power and quickness, to develop into a pro bowl defensive tackle in the NFL. However, Wright also has the potential to get lazy once he starts collecting paychecks as a professional. He played with a more consistent motor when he was healthy as a senior and he also showed more versatility playing DT, NT and even DE throughout the course of the season. He is one of the biggest risk-reward prospects in the 2006 draft class, but Wright's tremendous upside makes him worth the early-second round gamble."
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Buzzmaster (2:01 PM)
We're getting Rod. Send in your questions now!
Rod Wright (2:04 PM)
Let's do it!
With less than a week to go before the draft...how you feelin? Relaxed...Stressed...Anxious? Hook em 4 life baby
Rod Wright (2:06 PM)
I'd say I'm inbetween relaxed and anxious. You're basically finding out where you're going to be living and lifestyle. It makes you anxious to find out where you're going. Where you're going to be staying for the next 4, 5, 6 years. But at the same time, I'm trying to relax and just enjoying being off right now, because business is about to pick up.
Eddy: Littleton, NC
At what point did you realize that you might have a future in football beyond college?
Rod Wright (2:08 PM)
It's always been a dream of mine to play football. Probably in middle school and early in high school, I felt I had a big shot to do something in football. But then in my freshman year in college, I kind of surprised some people by playing well early. People started to talk about me and then I went out and played well as a sophomore. I'd say my freshman year is when I finally saw that I could play in the league.
Rod, who is the NFL team you grew up watching?
Rod Wright (2:09 PM)
I'm from Houston, so I grew up watching the Oilers. I watched them when Warren Moon was there. They got close but never got it done. If the Oilers were out, I rooted for Dallas.
what has surprised you the most during the process?
Rod Wright (2:11 PM)
When you watch the draft and all that, you don't actually know what they're going through, you don't know what's going on behind the scenes. You see the combine and then the draft. It seems that's all they go through. But it's more than that. Three days after my season ended, I went to Phoenix to workout for two months before the combine. It's pretty stressful. It's less than a week to go now and then it will start a new process of things. It's a long process and you don't really know how it's going to work until you experience it.
Michael (Fort Worth, TX)
Vince Young. Great QB or the greatest QB? Also, thanks for the great four years of play.
Rod Wright (2:13 PM)
Thank Michael for that. I think he's a great QB. All the things he's done thus far in his career, obviously shows that. What he shows in the NFL will determine if he's one of the greatest. He certainly has the skills. From what he's done at the NCAA level has him as a great QB.
Ken (Houston TX)
Roc, what is it that keeps so many players at Texas for so long? Is this a great state or what??
Rod Wright (2:15 PM)
Growing up in Texas, the state is a football state. Everyone that grows up here knows that. The schools in Texas are great football schools. There's a lot of tradition behind it. Watching Texas high school football is huge. To leave Texas to go somewhere else to play is kind of like turning your back on the entire state. It was great that we could bring back the national title to Texas.
Ross: Raleigh, NC
When you get your first professional paycheck what is the first thing you will buy?
Rod Wright (2:16 PM)
I haven't actually thought about that yet. I really haven't. I'll probably say a house or a condo or whatever. I don't think of myself as too much of a flashy guy. When I get my paycheck, I'm going to try and be smart with it. Being a rookie, you could go crazy and spend a lot. I'll take the advice of my financial advisor and my parents.
Rich (Erie, PA)
Rod - Some mock drafts have you going to Pittsburgh. Casey Hampton is a fellow Longhorn and defensive MVP of the Steelers. Any thoughts on the prospect of being a Steeler?
Rod Wright (2:17 PM)
Yeah, I have thought about that. That would be great. Just going to Pittsburgh and the team that just won it all means a lot. To play for a team like that would be great. I already know Casey. He's a great player. It would be great to have two Texas DL on the team.
What do you say to the critics that question your desire on the field, and your tendancy to take plays off??
Rod Wright (2:21 PM)
I would just say that I love the game of football. It's all I know. It's all I've played since I was 5 years old. I think a lot of people get confused by the way I carry myself. Off the field, I'm laid back. I'm not going to get in your face. If you ask me something, I'm not going to jump and holler. I'll show you by the way I study film, the way I workout, the way I play the game. I obviously have a desire to play based on the way I play. In the offseason, I was always one of the guys motivating people to get in the weight room. Taking plays off is something a lot of DTs get penalized for. This year, I felt like more than any other year, I didn't take off plays. Not taking plays off is something we take pride on at Texas. I don't know where that tag came from. My desire is there.
Hey Rod, I am hoping the 49ers take you, have you talked with them?
Rod Wright (2:22 PM)
No I have not. I haven't had any conversations with them. I'm not sure a DL is exactly what they're looking for.
Bill Garner, North Carolina
What NFL defensive tackle do you most admire and who do you think you compare favorably to?
Rod Wright (2:23 PM)
I can't look past my guys from Texas in Shawn and Casey. They're straight off the same campus I am. They motivate me to their level of play. I compare to Richard Seymour. I can play the 3-4 like he can. He's a great lineman.
Rod Wright (2:23 PM)
Thanks for all the questions. I look forward to playing in the next level.