Film Study: Notre Dame early enrollee TE Brock Wright

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

TE Brock Wright, 6-5, 249; Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair.

The numbers: Wright operated in a run-heavy offense at Cy-Fair. The Bobcats rushed 401 times for 2,220 yards in his senior season, while only passing 198 times for 1,503 yards. Wright finished as the second-leading receiver with 30 of the team’s 130 receptions for 492 yards and four touchdowns. Cy-Fair (8-3) lost in the first round of the UIL Class 6A Division I playoffs.

The rankings: Rivals – Four stars, No. 1 tight end. 247Sports – Four stars, No. 6 tight end.

FILM BREAKDOWN

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First impression: Wright is as well-rounded of a tight end that you’ll rarely find on the high school level. He has the ability to bury a defender with a block and expose weaknesses in coverage with a big reception. Because of his blocking prowess, Wright shouldn’t have to wait long to play at Notre Dame.

Strengths: Wright’s dominance as a blocker isn’t simply a result of his physical maturity. He blocks with a purpose and an attitude. He doesn’t just settle for winning the battle to create a hole. He continues to stay on his block to impose his will on the defender. Because defenders have to respect him as a blocker, he’s a threat in play-action, which he sells really well. He’s not afraid to block for a moment before releasing as a receiver. When running routes, Wright has shown a good sense for finding space in coverage to get open. He’s a natural pass catcher, and he’s rarely tackled on the first attempt.

Proof of prowess: (:24) Wright shows his acceleration after catching a pass downfield. He outruns two defensive backs after one of them tried to knock the ball out of his grasp … (1:07) Many of Wright’s blocks are the same, but this one is particularly impressive. He instantly drives back the defensive end and pancakes him in a matter of seconds … (1:28) Wright crosses the field after a short delay on a play-action set. When Wright catches the pass and turns up the field, he immediately has to shed one defender. He shrugs off another tackle attempt near the sideline before eventually being brought down by a third defender.

Competition level: Brock Wright found success playing against any competition he saw. In addition to his season playing against teams in the Houston area at Cy-Fair, Wright held his own at the Under Armour All-America Game, blocking some of the best defensive ends in the country and catching passes against some of the best linebackers and safeties in the nation. Cy-Fair’s schedule featured three of the top 40 teams in the talent-rich state of Texas, according to MaxPreps rankings. The Bobcats lost all three games.

Left to prove: Most of the questions remaining about Wright include his ceiling as a receiver. Will he have the speed to get open? Is he agile enough to avoid defenders with crisp routes? Will he be explosive enough to catch jump balls in traffic? All remain to be seen. He simply didn’t have enough opportunities to flash as a receiver in high school. Wright appears to run a little stiff, but it hasn’t limited him to this point. With a little more speed and more evidence of his receiving ability, Wright should become a future NFL Draft pick.

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Four-star tight end Brock Wright enrolled at Notre Dame earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of Intersport)