Darnell Wright

American football player (born 2001)

American football player
Darnell Wright
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Wright in 2023
No. 58 – Chicago Bears
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2001-08-10) August 10, 2001 (age 22)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:333 lb (151 kg)
Career information
High school:Huntington (Huntington)
College:Tennessee (2019–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
  • Chicago Bears (2023–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2023)
  • First-team All-SEC (2022)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games started:17
Games played:17
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Darnell Marquies Wright (born August 10, 2001) is an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee and was selected by the Bears tenth overall in the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Wright was born on August 10, 2001, in Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Huntington High School where he participated in track & field, football, and basketball.[1] Wright won the 2017 Class AAA State Basketball Championship playing for Huntington High,[2] and won the state title for shot-put in 2018.[3] He was selected his sophomore year for the 2016 Class AAA Football All-State Second Offensive Team,[4] and selected for the 2017 and 2018 Class AAA Football All-State First Offensive Teams.[5][6] He was named to the roster for the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game.[7] A five-star recruit, Wright committed to play college football at the University of Tennessee.[8][9]

College career

As a freshman in 2019, Wright played in 11 games and recorded seven starts.[10] He was named to the 2019 Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman Team as a result.[11] Wright made nine starts in 2020 and 13 in 2021.[12] Entering the 2022 season, Wright was projected as a top prospect in the 2023 NFL draft.[13] He was named first-team All-SEC for his performance in the 2022 season.[14] Wright played 2,746 offensive snaps in 47 games (42 starts) - 27 at right tackle, two at right guard and 13 at left tackle for the Volunteers.[15][16] He participated in the 2023 Reese's Senior Bowl game representing the American Team under Chicago Bears' Offensive Coordinator, Luke Getsy.[17]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 5+38 in
(1.97 m)
333 lb
(151 kg)
33+34 in
(0.86 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
5.01 s 1.81 s 2.90 s 4.72 s 29.0 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
Sources:[18][19]

Wright was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round as the tenth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.[20] As a rookie, Wright started in all 17 games.[21] He had 1,133 snaps played, 7 penalties, 7 sacks allowed, 3 hits, 41 hurries, 51 pressures and was named in the Top 5 Most Impactful Bears of 2023 by USA Today Sports.[22] Wright was additionally selected for the 2023 NFL All-Rookie Team.[23]

References

  1. ^ Treacy, Jim (April 28, 2023). "An historic night for Huntington High alum". WSAZ.com. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  2. ^ "SENATE RESOLUTION 73 (By Senators Woelfel, Plymale, Stollings, Unger and Beach) [Introduced April 6, 2017]". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  3. ^ Fishbain, Kevin (April 28, 2023). "Bears OT Darnell Wright's high school coach: 'Whatever this man wants to do, he can do it'". The Athletic. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  4. ^ MetroNews (December 11, 2016). "2016 Class AAA high school football all-state teams". WV MetroNews. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  5. ^ MetroNews (December 10, 2017). "2017 Class AAA high school football all-state teams". WV MetroNews. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  6. ^ MetroNews (December 9, 2018). "Class AAA All-State Football Team". WV MetroNews. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  7. ^ "2019 Under Armour All-America Game rosters revealed". USA TODAY High School Sports. December 30, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  8. ^ Clay, Jarrod (February 6, 2019). "Huntington's Darnell Wright signs with Tennessee". WCHS. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  9. ^ Carey, Greg (February 6, 2019). "Huntington's Darnell Wright opts for Tennessee over West Virginia". WV MetroNews. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  10. ^ Rill, Jake (August 16, 2021). "Darnell Wright shares why he never considered transferring from Tennessee". Saturday Down South. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "2019 SEC All-Freshman Football Team announced". SEC Sports. December 12, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  12. ^ Wilson, Mike (August 5, 2022). "Why Darnell Wright moved back to right tackle for Tennessee football". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  13. ^ Harralson, Dan (May 10, 2022). "Darnell Wright projected as a 2023 first-round draft pick". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  14. ^ Lay, Ken (December 6, 2022). "Darnell Wright named First-Team All-SEC". Vols Wire. USA Today. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  15. ^ "Darnell Wright - Football". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  16. ^ "Darnell Wright (OL): Bio, News, Stats & more". www.chicagobears.com. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  17. ^ Callihan, Schuyler (February 1, 2023). "2023 Reese's Senior Bowl Rosters". Sports Illustrated Carolina Panthers News, Analysis and More. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  18. ^ "Darnell Wright Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  19. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Darnell Wright College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  20. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 27, 2023). "Bears trade down, draft Tennessee OT Darnell Wright at No. 10". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  21. ^ "Darnell Wright 2023 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  22. ^ "15 Most Impactful Bears of 2023: No. 5 Darnell Wright". Bears Wire. January 25, 2024. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  23. ^ "2023 NFL All-Rookie Team: Lions, Rams each boast four selections; Texans clearly nailed top-three picks". NFL.com. Retrieved January 30, 2024.

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