Former Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright could be part of an NFL team by Friday, when the second and third rounds of the 2011 draft will be held. If not then, certainly he'll go Saturday.
Wright (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) brings a lot to the table with his size, ranginess and ability to defend both the pass and the run. As I've written before, a lot of NFL people like him more than they like his MSU teammate, middle linebacker Chris White.
NFLDraftScout.com had this to say about Wright: "Wright has good instincts, a quick burst and is athletic enough to cover in space." He made 98 tackles, 8.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.0 sacks last season.
The Olive Branch product has been in Starkville preparing for the draft while also finishing up a degree in criminology. He'll participate in commencement exercises Saturday.
"You've just got to balance it out, balance the workout time with your school work and make sure you give them both the same amount of time so you can do good in football and do good in school," he said.
So, really no different from what he's been doing the past four years. Wright said his workout routine hasn't really changed, and he's still being pushed by MSU strength coach Matt Balis.
Wright said he has "no clue" which team might draft him and declined to talk about the teams with which he's visited.
"I talked to a few teams, but no one really stands out. I think it's just wide open."
While Wright would like to stick in the NFL a while, he's got his eyes on a pretty cool post-football career. He said he hopes to use his degree to be a detective or an FBI agent someday.
"Just to get my degree is big," he said. "That was one of my main goals I wanted to do when I came in here. I was able to do that this semester balance out football. I'm really proud of that accomplishment I'm about to achieve."