KFFL is reporting that Nevada-Las Vegas DB Eric Wright will visit the San Francisco 49ers.
~ by 49ersNews on March 22, 2007.
Posted in 49ers News, Draft
is he from college or cfl or arena?
jerry said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:17 pm | Reply
I like eric wright i wouldnt mind him in the 2nd at all…tall corner with good speed that understands the game…i wonder if they are shopping spencer around a little bit..i hope not but who knows…if wright didnt have that issue at usc and stayed there he would of gone in the first for sure probably up with hall for the #1 corner on the board
greg said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:22 pm | Reply
jerry- eric wright started his career at usc then a bunch of ecstacy pills were found at his apartment (never charged with anything don’t think they were his) anyway, he transferred to unlv…he started at usc as a freshman before he transferred and had to sit out a season when he went to unlv…his life is back in order and he is a great talent
greg said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:26 pm | Reply
I hope this version of Eric Wright is the mystical type. He could summon the greatness of his predecessor and bring back the Golden Age of the San Francisco 49ers!
PrimeTime said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:39 pm | Reply
jerry said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:44 pm | Reply
if we do get him, we’ll be pretty deep in CB
Tim said this on March 22, 2007 at 8:49 pm | Reply
Eazy E on the 49ers? That would be cool.
#6 Pick Verron Davis 4 President said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:07 pm | Reply
ERIC WRIGHT,UNLV(SPORTING NEWS DRAFT BIO) #11 5-11 190 POUNDS AND RUNS A 4.50,N.F.L. COMPARISON-THE BEARS RICKY MANNING,STRENGTHS-is a great athlete and has ideal quickness,agility and speed.has the loose,fluid hips to turn and run with receivers.also hes the speed to run withreceivers downfield and the explosive burst to recover if he loses a step.shows great ball skills.seems toenjoy physical coverage;jolts receiverson press coverage to slow their release and squeezes them to the sideline on downfield routes.comes up to make physical tackles in run support.is an aggressive blitzer. WEAKNESSES;his footwork is raw and his backpedal is undisciplined.struggles to plant,drive and close on the ball.is a bit thin and could face durability issues.is a character risk after some off the field and legal issues at usc before his transfer. BOTTOMLINE;wright,who is leaving school after his junior season,started as a red shirt freshman at usc before transferring.he has the physical tools to be an NFL starter.FINAL GRADE;6.5
jerry said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:08 pm | Reply
So….do you all think this guy COULD slip to the third? I just have mixed feelings about using our second pick on a CB.
Ryan the 1st said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Reply
there is talk of him that he might go in the first so him slipping to the third is highly unlikely…to much upside…he could go ahead of aaron ross…ryan why would you be upset with a cb in the 2nd…dont stress out about a wr this class is deep and the organization doesn’t seem that worried about it
greg said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:47 pm | Reply
i love the 2nd rd this year i wish we had 5 picks in that round atleast 2…we need to trade up and trade kwame…
greg said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Reply
I see us picking up a WR in the second round. Sydney Rice, perhaps?
PrimeTime said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:53 pm | Reply
i would trade kwame for a rookie free agent after the draft this year.but he did do better than last year.lmao…..
arizonas general manager dues bigalow arizonas gigelow said this on March 22, 2007 at 9:54 pm | Reply
primetime i definatley could see us going wr in the 2nd especially rice but everybody shouldn’t hit the panic button if we go defense with it…they know what they are doing we just have to trust them…even though i want branch, landry, willis in that order it wouldnt surprise me at all if we go wr in the first
greg said this on March 22, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Reply
ERIC WRIGHT IS 4RM THA BAY..HE WENT 2 RIORDEN HIGH SCHOOL..HE IS RAW..GRADUATED 2004..I KNO DAT CUZ I PLAYED AGAINST HIM..N I GRADUATED THA SAME YEAR….DURIN MAH YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL..HE WAS ONE OF THE TOP PLAYERS IN CALIFORNIA..AT THAT TIME..BUT I WOULDNT GO 4 HIM N OUR 1ST ROUND..I STILL THINK PATRICK WILLIS IS OUR GUY..NO DISRESPECT 2 HIM..BUT DER IS BETTER PLAYERS IN THA DRAFT..
TOPFLIGHT said this on March 22, 2007 at 11:04 pm | Reply
Nolan is the only person who really knows
I spoke to Mike Nolan several weeks ago about the system the team uses for the draft. What I discovered is that very few people – as many as two and as little as one – know exactly whom the 49ers are targeting in the draft.
Of course, you can target all you want. The only way you’re guaranteed to get the player you want is if you hold the No. 1 overall pick.
Anyway, I figured that the 49ers would have a list of 11 names, ranked 1 from 11. Then, after 10 selections, the highest player remaining on the board would be the one the 49ers choose.
It sort of works that way, but the answers are not always obvious just by looking at the board. Nolan told me there is some flexibility built into their system. He also said he does not share with the assistant coaches and scouts exactly who he prefers within a grouping of players.
So, obviously, nobody knows which player the 49ers will wind up with at the No. 11 overall pick right now. Nolan and VP of player personnel Scot McCloughan are probably the only two who know the exact order of preference for their first-round pick in the draft – which, by the way, is still more than a month away.
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I just looked at a mock draft on profootballtalk.com. This is the first mock that I’ve seen in which linebacker Patrick Willis was chosen before No. 11. This mock has Willis going No. 4 overall to the Buccaneers.
Suddenly, it looks as if the 49ers would not be “reaching” if they took Willis with the No. 11 overall pick.
In my humble opinion, if the first 10 picks go as they do in this particular mock draft, I believe (as of today) the 49ers would select Levi Brown at No. 11. Adam Carriker and Robert Meachem are others worth considering.
Restricted free agent running back Maurice Hicks has not visited any team, yet. He has until April 20 to sign an offer sheet with a team. When/if he signed an offer sheet, the 49ers would have one week to match. The club will enter the draft knowing whether Hicks will be on the team’s roster or not.
His agent, Chad Wiestling, told me he has engaged in conversations with “a couple teams.” He declined to state which teams were interested. The Dolphins have reportedly talked about Hicks, and I know Titans coach Jeff Fisher has been tracking Hicks for a while.
Certainly, the 49ers have the cap room to be able to match any offer sheet Hicks signs, but the team is in a sticky situation because of Frank Gore. Would the 49ers match a contract in which Hicks makes, say, $3 million over three years when Gore is scheduled to make just $435,000 this season?
The 49ers tendered Hicks a one-year, $850,000 contract offer to keep him as a restricted free agent. The 49ers would get the right to match any offer sheet that Hicks signs. They would not receive any compensation if they decline to match the offer because Hicks was an undrafted free agent.
Tight end Eric Johnson (Saints) is the only 49ers free agent who has signed with another club. As of yesterday, nobody else has even taken a visit, including defensive tackle Anthony Adams and safety Mike Adams. The 49ers appear to have no interest in re-signing either player. Anthony doesn’t fit their scheme, and the club declined to tender Adams as a restricted free agent.
Ashley Lelie has been taking part in the offseason program. He reported Monday. But he and Alex Smith have still not met, according to Smith during an interview Thursday on KNBR. This week players have been at the team’s Santa Clara facility for only a couple hours of conditioning and weight work. Smith has been in an early session, while Lelie has taken part in a later session. Next week, they will finally get a chance to meet as some football work on the field will be incorporated into the program.
Frank Gore did not take part in any workouts this week (he was in Baltimore for the Ed Block Courage Awards dinner). Club spokesman Aaron Salkin said Gore is expected to take part in the program, beginning next week.
I just agreed to my first non-football assignment in quite a while. On Saturday, I’ll be covering the West Regional final in San Jose. It’ll be the Kansas-Southern Illinois winner vs. the UCLA-Pitt winner with a trip to the Final Four at stake. It should be a lot of fun.
TOPFLIGHT said this on March 22, 2007 at 11:05 pm | Reply
ERIC WRIGHT WOULD BE GOOD 4 A 2ND ROUND..IF AVAILABLE..N WIT HICKS PONDERIN WHETHER HE GON SIGN WIT A NEW TEAM..ILL TAKE MAH CHANCES WIT GETTIN MICHAEL BUSH..FOR A 34D OR 4TH ROUND..CUZ HIS STOCK DROP CUZ OF HIS SURGERY..HE’S A KOO..1-2 BACK..AFTER GORE..UNLESS WE TRUST N MICHAEL ROBINSON WIT BEIN OUR BACK..C’MON I KNO WHAT IM TALKIN BOUT..
TOPFLIGHT said this on March 22, 2007 at 11:09 pm | Reply
Former University of Louisville running back Michael Bush is in Jewish Hospital after having a second surgery yesterday on his right leg.
Bush, who broke the leg in the season opener against Kentucky last September, had the old rod removed from his leg and a new one put in yesterday, according to U of L football sports information director Rocco Gasparro.
Gasparro said that Bush told him last night that the surgery had gone well and that he expected to be released today.
“It’s something he could have put off, but it’s something he thought he needed to do,” said Gasparro, who also spoke to Bush on Monday. “A new rod was put in to help the bone grow where it wasn’t healing properly.”
The former Male High School star had been in Arizona since announcing his intentions to enter the NFL Draft on Jan. 9. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt season after only playing one half last fall.
Gasparro said Bush thought this surgery would “help him heal quicker and be ready possibly by the time training camps start.”
It is unclear how long it will take Bush to recover from this surgery, but he won’t be able to participate in U of L’s pro day next Monday or able to work out before NFL scouts prior to the April 28 draft.
One of the nation’s top high school players, Bush rushed for 503 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman. As a sophomore he had 734 yards rushing and seven TDs.
Bush ran for 1,143 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns as a junior. He was named All-Big East Conference.
Entering his senior season he was considered a prime candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He had 128 yards rushing and three TDs against Kentucky before suffering the injury with 11:26 left in the third quarter.
TOPFLIGHT said this on March 23, 2007 at 1:34 am | Reply
Eric Wright attended Arch Bishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, California where he played running back and defensive back on the football team. As a senior, Eric rushed for 1,166 yards and 17 touchdowns. He caught 18 passes for 268 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year. On defense, Eric finished with 80 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 10 pass break-ups. He was named first team all-metro and all-northern California co-MVP. He accepted a scholarship to USC where he sat out the 2003 season as a redshirt. He began the next season as a reserve defensive back before working his way into the starting lineup during the last month of the season. He started four games, finishing with 33 tackles, 1 interception, and 6 pass break-ups, helping USC to a national championship. He also averaged over 23 yards per kickoff as a return specialist. Eric was accused of rape and over 100 ecstasy pills were discovered in his apartment. He opted to transfer to UNLV and was forced to sit out the 2005 season due to NCAA transfer rules. As a junior, Eric quickly moved into the starting lineup for the Rebels. He totaled 29 tackles, 1 interception, and 8 pass break-ups on his way to second team all-MWC honors. Eric Wright still has another year of eligibility left; however, he has opted to skip his senior season to enter the 2007 NFL draft.
TOPFLIGHT said this on March 23, 2007 at 2:10 am | Reply
Eric Wright started at USC in 2004 and UNLV this past year, having sat out the 2005 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has a good combination of size, speed, and athleticism for a cornerback. He has fluid hips and a good backpedal. His speed allows him to keep up with just about any receiver who lines up against him, as well as recover on the occasion that he is beat. He has good ball skills and solid hands. He will step up and be an asset in run support. Wright does take chances going for the interception at times which can lead to a big play for the offense. He isn’t the biggest corner and he will have problems with bigger, more physical receivers. He only has two years of starting experience and he does need to improve his technique. Character is going to be a big issue that may cause Wright to slide on draft day. He was accused of rape at USC and though it couldn’t be proven that they were his, 136 ecstasy pills were discovered in his apartment. Eric Wright has all the tools to develop into a good corner at the next level. He has a good deal of upside and should be a first day selection in the 2007 NFL draft.
Eric Wright?…Can we also look for another Ronnie Lott and Carlton Williamson? Maybe even a Dwight Hicks?
Lowrance said this on March 23, 2007 at 5:30 am | Reply
If willis jumps up like I saw on the profootballtalk.com website we just might get a crack at landry. But, unless Sidney Rice is available in the second then we should go defense because from where he is ranked on most wideout draft rankings he would be the only one worth a second rounder unless some of those first rounders slip to us….that is unlikely. A corner is an option…I just wish we would go after more of a REAL NEED. We aren’t dying at the corner position. We NEED D linemen, NEED a middle linebacker, and could REALLY USE A FREE SAFETY.
Ryan the 1st said this on March 23, 2007 at 5:54 am | Reply
For alot of people information Eric Wright does not run a 4.5 it’s an accurate 4.36. If you look on the nfldraftcountdown.com it has every prospects current information and he’s 5-10,192 pounds but I think that’s an okay size for a corner because if you look at most cb’s who are 6-0 and over, they have problems covering smaller recievrs. Just look at mike rumph. Wright is built like a rb but the boy can leap though.
D1800 said this on March 23, 2007 at 5:57 am | Reply
i just figured i try and help some people out, tell you what the sporting news said about him .i didnt make this stuff up on my own.maybe he runs a 4.36 with out pads?and 4.50 with them on.i really dont know.i figured i try and help some people out who didnt know anything about him,like i had no clue till i asked.
jerry said this on March 23, 2007 at 9:43 am | Reply
Too bad Frank Gore wears #21 – it would be awesome to see Eric Wright in red/gold wearing that number…”he’s baaaaaaack!!!”
Oh yeah, wasn’t there another stud CB that wore #21 in the 1994 Championship year? I believe he was the greatest ever to play the position or something…
And if anyone mentions R.W. McQuarters regarding the number #21, I’m gonna puke. Frank Gore is definitely worthy of the number. GO NINERS!!!
PrimeTime said this on March 23, 2007 at 10:59 am | Reply
Deion’s 40-time: 4.25
There’s an urban legend out there that he ran a 4.19 at his combine, but he’s only probably that fast with his pads on 😉
PrimeTime said this on March 23, 2007 at 11:01 am | Reply
YOU HAVENT BEEN A NINER SINCE 1995 SO GET YOUR OLD ASS BACK TOO THE NFL NETWORK WITH THE OTHER EX 49ER-STEVE MARIUCCI AND TALK SHIT LIKE YOU STILL PLAY . AND YOUR EXCUSE IS BECUASE(I) GOD TOLD YOU TOO.
BRUCE ALMIGHTY said this on March 23, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Reply
He was accused of rape in college but wasn’t proven. Police did find 136 ectasy pills in his dorm room according to the news.
Latest said this on March 24, 2007 at 11:45 am | Reply
obviously they weren’t his…if you get caught with 136 ecstasy pills you go to jail for a long time…u just dont get to transfer and they forget about it
GREG said this on March 24, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Reply
i still like my idea of taking carriker at #11-trading our second round pick and justin smiley & derrick smith to buffalo for their#12 where we take willis-i figure in the 3rd pickup brian leonard -at round 4 take studdard ot/og outta texas-nasty attitude and comes from nfl family-wr i dont see as that pressing of a need-consider lelie’s speed for stretch,vd’s brent jones impersonation,arnez battle’s 1st down catches,leonard wrathman like in ability and attitude-great receiving hands-so…maybe pick up a 4th round diamond in the rough receiver with our other 4th round pick
Razoreater said this on March 24, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Reply
McCloughan said this week that contract negotiations with running back Frank Gore were “going good.” Despite reports that the two sides are far apart, McCloughan said he is optimistic Gore would have a long-term deal in place by the start of the season.
“We want to show that we are willing to take care of our guys,” he said.
Gore is entering the final year of his contract and is scheduled to make $435,000 in base salary. Calls to Gore’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, were not returned.
West said this on March 26, 2007 at 11:43 am | Reply
eric wright and rice? I guess we are trying to bring back the dynasty.
CHINESE FOOD said this on March 26, 2007 at 4:16 pm | Reply
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