Scouting Report: CB Shareece Wright

The Chargers added more depth to their secondary and special teams by selecting USC cornerback Shareece Wright in the third round. Can this former Trojan crack the rotation and make an impact as a rookie? To find out, we check in with SC Playbook beat writer Dan Greenspan to uncover Wright's strengths and weaknesses.

After dealing with injury and academic issues early in his career, Shareece Wright came on strong as a senior and recorded 73 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He showed the ability to be physical, both against the run and in jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Wright (5-foot-11, 185 lbs.) proved he has the measurables to play in the NFL at his Pro Day, when he recorded a 4.32 short shuttle, 7.0 three-cone drill, 35.5-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump.

San Diego's interest in Wright culminated in the third round of the NFL Draft, when the Chargers plucked him with the No. 89 overall pick.

For more on Wright, we get a full breakdown of his strengths and weaknesses from Dan Greenspan, the beat writer of SC Playbook.

CB Shareece Wright
Strengths: Wright plays the game with ferocity and abandon rarely seen from most corners. He plays the run game exceptionally well, shedding blockers and showing good form wrapping up, key in a division with Oakland and Kansas City.

Given the Chargers' devastating special-teams breakdowns last season, Wright should step in immediately and stabilize on coverage and return teams. Working under renowned assistant coach John Baxter, Wright blocked one field goal and disrupted a potential game-winning kick by Arizona State (kicker Thomas Weber hooked it as it would have been blocked by Wright).

Ignore a much-publicized arrest that was ultimately resolved; Wright is highly respected by teammates and coaches. He strives to be great and stepped up as a vocal leader as a senior.

Weaknesses: With just 16 career starts in college, Wright doesn't have a wealth of high-level football to call upon.

Wright suffered a serious hairline fracture in his neck as a junior, derailing what would have been a breakout season with the outstanding 2008 Trojan defense, then missed the following regular season while academically ineligible. That showed this past season as he struggled in coverage, especially against the deep ball (notably against Hawaii, Washington and Oregon), seemingly fighting his own instincts.

He will need plenty of reps in practice to build him up to match the experience level of NFL receivers.

For more coverage of USC prospects, visit SC Playbook.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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