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March 19, 2013Each year, NFL draft hopefuls see their draft stock hinge on three components teams value in the draft process. There are the numbers prospects compile at various combines and Pro Days, their interactions with scouts and team personnel, and most importantly, their game film outlining what they accomplished in college.
For Rutgers wide receiver Tim Wright, the final requirement was the most arduous to fulfill.
That is because Wright had to not only battle back from a torn ACL that sidelined him during his crucial red shirt sophomore season in 2010, but then establish himself as a key cog in the Scarlet Knights' passing attack and a viable entity on the radar of NFL teams.
By virtue of his 50 catches in the past two years, Wright has at least made somewhat of a name for himself, enough to get him noticed by pro scouts, at least on an introductory level.
"Scouts like me. They're just interested in learning more about me," Wright said. "I didn't come onto the scene really until this year, so I've got some things to prove. I'm just trying to get them to know me and basically talk and see what I'm capable of."
Much of Wright's body of work is encompassed in the 2012 campaign, where he caught 39 passes (third-best on the roster) for 449 yards and two scores, including an 8-catch, 125-yard output at South Florida.
Although his season didn't end on a high note--there were the two key drops against Louisville and just one catch in the Russell Athletic Bowl--Wright felt he was able to show enough to leave a positive impression on decision makers at the next level.
"Me, really only having two years of core film, I feel l definitely went out well my senior year," he said. "I showed some things [lined up] on the inside, showed some things [lined up] outside, showed some things on the back end. I felt like having all those things on film, it gives the scouts a good look at what I could do."
At last week's Pro Day, Wright measured in at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, respectable size for an NFL wideout. His 40-times were pedestrian (4.61, 4.58), but Wright insists his impact isn't limited to measurable.
"[I can] definitely [bring] a competitive nature [to an NFL team]," he said. "I'm willing to work, be a leader and bring a spark to the team. Just go out there and try to work and perfect my craft each and every day."