With the No. 10 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright.
A three-year full-time starter at the SEC level, Wright has ample tape against some of the top defenders in college football. He broke out in 2022, not having allowed a single sack and being named a first-team All-SEC player for his efforts.
He projects as an immediate starter for the Bears at right tackle, where he took a majority of his starts at the collegiate level. Chicago had a massive need at the position heading into the draft, and after selecting Wright, they upgraded at a premium position with an extremely talented prospect.
Right after the pick was made, I took to Twitter for my annual Bears draft pick analysis threads. This time, I broke down Wright’s strengths as a player and what makes him a player worth being excited about with Chicago’s first-round selection.
THREAD: The #Bears finally found their star right tackle. Tennessee OT Darnell Wright is the pick at No. 10.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
Wright is 333 pounds with long arms and a nasty punch at the point of attack.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
For such a big guy, he bursts well off the line of scrimmage in pass protection, too. He tested insanely well at the Combine. #Bears pic.twitter.com/5CzYeJo7LM
Wright is a fantastic run blocker who plays with a nasty demeanor at the point of attack.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
He does a great job of generating power out of his lower half to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. #Bears pic.twitter.com/tbQYUltzH4
When Wright lands his strikes accordingly, he has absurd grip strength.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
He’s not an offensive tackle you’re beating with power, that’s for sure. #Bears pic.twitter.com/mL3bg972vS
If you’re looking for a game of Darnell Wright’s to watch, turn on the Bama tape.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
He dominated against Will Anderson and helped Tennessee’s offense in a major way. #Bears pic.twitter.com/YLUKgPLWe8
Simply put, Darnell Wright is everything the #Bears want in an offensive tackle.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
He’s big, he’s a solid athlete, he’s super strong, and he plays with an insanely high motor. Day 1 starter at RT with Pro Bowl upside.
In case you needed further persuasion, here’s Darnell Wright #RAS card.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 28, 2023
A top performer at the Combine, especially for a guy as big as he is. #Bears pic.twitter.com/r42k1iYSdz