The 2023 Senior Bowl will provide an opportunity for NFL draft prospects to prove themselves on the largest pre-draft stage. Oregon State cornerback Rejzohn Wright plans on taking full advantage. Wright recently spoke exclusively with the Senior Bowl and Draft Network to discuss his motivation for accepting his invitation to compete in Mobile, Alabama.
Wright also talked about what he’s striving to prove to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl, playing man and zone coverage, and more. Let’s get to know Rejzohn Wright a little better.
JM: Where were you when you found out about your Senior Bowl invite and what was your initial reaction like?
Rejzohn Wright: I was actually in Orange County. I had just undergone surgery on my thumb. I was honestly unsure of what was going to happen at that time. I didn’t know if I was going to be healthy enough to participate in the Senior Bowl. The timeline of my surgery was still being defined.
I was ecstatic when I received my invite. Thankfully everything worked out for me. When I look back on making the decision to return to Oregon State for one more season, everything has really fallen into place for me. I had a solid season. I became a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection for the first time in my career.
And now I’m going to the Senior Bowl. Everything is happening for me exactly how I envisioned it would. I’m really excited for the opportunity to go compete at the Senior Bowl.
JM: You had a terrific season. What was your motivation for accepting the Senior Bowl’s offer?
Rejzohn Wright: It was a no-brainer, in all honesty. A bunch of highly sought-after seniors are going to the Senior Bowl. We’re going to have a terrific week of practice. The competition is going to be at an all-time high. Everybody is looking to improve their draft stock in Mobile. It was an easy decision for me.
JM: It sure is. What are you looking to prove to NFL general managers, coaching staffs, and scouts in attendance in Mobile?
Rejzohn Wright: I’m looking to confirm what everybody saw from me on film. I’m a rangy athlete with legitimate ball skills. I can play man coverage and defend against receivers on an island.
I would also like to address any questions the scouts have about my character. I think I’m one hell of a leader. I’m an alpha male that commands a locker room. I’m a team-first, high-character guy. I love helping my teammates. I’m going to put my true character on display for the scouts and coaches.
JM: You’re going to receive that opportunity. You went the JUCO route before landing at Oregon State. What was your JUCO experience like?
Rejzohn Wright: My JUCO experience was crazy (laughs). I’m training down here in Westlake Village with guys like Nolan Smith, Bryan Bresee, and Joey Porter Jr. I’m down here training with a bunch of high-end prospects.
Sometimes I sit back and think about where I came from. I’m not even supposed to be here. JUCO molded me into the person I am today. It gave me a different mindset and different type of work ethic. Nothing was handed to me. I had to work for everything I wanted in life.
I was driving two hours to and from school every day just to play football. Now I’m training alongside some of the top guys in this draft class. Everything happens for a reason.
Last Chance U was another crazy experience for me. I think it placed a stigma on me and my character. My coaches will vouch for my character. I’m nothing like I was on that television show. I’m a coachable kid that is hungry for my next opportunity. My JUCO experience was crazy. It was exactly what I needed though.
JM: We’re so happy for you. I thought you were equally as effective in both man and zone coverage. You’re physical in press-man coverage. You click-and-close in zone coverage. If you had to pick one, which would you prefer?
Rejzohn Wright: I like to get my hands on guys at the line of scrimmage. I don’t really like giving them too much space. But playing zone coverage and having your eyes on the quarterback, that’s where you make your money.
It’s a toss-up. I like being on the line of scrimmage though. I love pressing guys.
JM: You have terrific length. How do you use it to your advantage?
Rejzohn Wright: I love getting my hands on guys throughout the early portion of a rep. I have the length to disrupt passing plays. I can do things other cornerbacks can’t because I have so much length. A quarterback has to throw a perfect ball if I’m in good position. Even if I’m somewhat beat, that throw still has to be perfect. My length does wonders for me.
JM: It sure does. What can you accomplish at the Senior Bowl that you can’t at other pre-draft events?
Rejzohn Wright: I’m going to open a lot of eyes in Mobile. It’s an opportunity for me to compete and measure myself against some of the top prospects in the nation. I’m going to prove that I’m worthy of being at the Senior Bowl.
I don’t think us Pac-12 guys get enough respect. I think we can cover receivers in any conference. It’s just another opportunity for me to prove that Pac-12 guys can play the game at the highest level.
JM: Is there a player in the NFL you’re looking forward to eventually swapping jerseys with?
Rejzohn Wright: My brother Nahshon Wright of course. He plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Doing a jersey swap with him would be amazing.
JM: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from his journey?
Rejzohn Wright: He taught me to keep my head down and go to work. We’ve had somewhat similar paths. He went to JUCO for a year. He played a year and a half in college and then he got drafted in the third round. His pre-draft process was a little different from mine because his pre-draft experience was during COVID.
He taught me to be punctual and focused. He told me to be attentive and to take copious notes when people are speaking. He honestly taught me everything I know about the game of football.
JM: We can’t wait to see that jersey swap. At the end of the week, what does a successful Senior Bowl week look like for Rejzohn Wright?
Rejzohn Wright: I have to get my hands on the football first and foremost. I’m going to be great throughout the interview process. I’m going to show them that I’m the type of guy they want in the building. They can trust me both on and off the field.
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