Wright, the No. 13 defensive tackle prospect available in the 2006 NFL Draft, has also had private workouts with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.
Wright is also one of three defensive tackles the Cowboys have shown significant interest in this off-season.
Dallas extensively interviewed Michigan's Gabe Watson at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and Michigan State's Domata Peko will be flying to Dallas next Monday for a two-day visit to Valley Ranch.
Wright, a projected fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft by Scout.com, offers good size and outstanding natural talent. The biggest question involves his attitude.
The former All-American performer at Texas can be dominant at times on the field, but he has also shown the tendency to take plays off. Still, his size and power are undeniable.
Full Name: Rod Wright School: Texas Pos: DT
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 306 40: 5.14 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign and All-American honors the past two years. Senior totals included 46/13/4.5 after 36/3/1 as a junior. Career-best numbers of 80/12/7.5 came as a sophomore.
Pos: Athletic defensive tackle who makes plays in all directions of the field. Quick off the snap and tough to move off the point. Wedges between double-team blocks, slides off opponents laterally and redirects to the action. Flashes power, pushing opponents off the ball.
Neg: Does not play with a sense of urgency and seemingly gives up on plays after being initially blocked. Must improve his hand technique.
Analysis: Flashing dominance in spurts, Wright has watched his play level off the past two seasons. Offers a good amount of upside yet must start to meet it.
2004: Played in 11 games, making 10 starts, at defensive tackle … tabbed second-team All-America by The Sporting News and honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly … named first-team All-Big 12 by the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram … earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press, the conference coaches, the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News … despite battling an ankle injury for much of 2004, he posted 36 tackles, a sack, three TFLs and seven QB pressures … recorded 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pressures in five games versus Top 25 foes … key member of a defense which ranked 18th in scoring defense (17.2), 16th in rushing defense (107.4) and 23rd in total defense (320.1) … recorded two tackles, one pass break up and one QB pressure in helping to shutout North Texas … made three stops and pressured the QB once while helping to hold Arkansas to just three points in the second half … tallied four tackles in holding Rice to just 228 yards of total offense … recorded three solo tackles and assisted on one while holding Oklahoma 23 points under its scoring average … had five tackles including a sack and two pressures and helped hold Missouri to just 146 yards in the second half … wreaked havoc on Texas Tech's top-rated passing offense, holding them to 264 yards passing, 124 yards below their average, and zero TDs before giving way to the second unit … made three solo tackles, assisted on another, made one tackle for loss and forced a fumble in the victory at Colorado … recorded six tackles and helped hold No. 19 Oklahoma State scoreless in the second half in what became the biggest come-from-behind victory in UT history … tallied five stops, a tackle for loss and three QB pressures in the victory at Kansas … made one tackle and had one pass batted down in helping Texas defeat No. 22 Texas A&M for the fifth straight year.
2003: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle … earned consensus second-team All-Big 12 honors … shared UT's Oustanding Defensive Lineman award … recorded 80 tackles, a team-leading 7.5 sacks, 12 TFLs (tied for second on the team), a team-leading 30 pressures, three passes batted down and three forced fumbles … registered a total of 31 tackles, three sacks four TFLs and eight pressures in UT's four matchups with Top 25 teams … key member of a defense which ranked ninth in the NCAA in pass defense (177.3 ypg), 25th in the nation in total defense (329.8 ypg) and 32nd in the country in scoring defense (21.5 ppg) … tallied five stops, three QB pressures, one sack and a TFL in the opener against New Mexico State … posted seven tackles twice (vs. Arkansas and No. 1 Oklahoma) … recorded six stops, five QB pressures, three TFLs, one sack and one forced fumble versus Tulane … notched another six tackles and three pressures versus No. 16 Kansas State … matched his career high with 11 tackles, including a career-high seven solo stops, while also forcing one fumble at Baylor … recorded eight tackles, including one sack versus No. 12 Nebraska … had 10 tackles, including a sack at No. 21 Oklahoma State … forced his third fumble of the season, had a career-high six pressures and added three tackles versus Texas Tech … finished the regular season with two tackles and one sack at Texas A&M … registered six tackles versus No. 15 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.
2002: Saw action in all 13 games and started nine … a first-team Freshman All-America selection by the Football Writer's Association of America and The Sporting News … earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from the league's coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle and The Sporting News … shared UT's Outstanding Defensive Newcomer Award … ranked seventh on the team (first among true freshmen) in tackles (65), second in TFLs (13) and third in sacks (4.5) and QB pressures (15) … ranked in a third-place tie in TFLs and tied for fourth in sacks on UT's freshman lists … key member of a Longhorns defense that led the Big 12 and ranked eighth in the NCAA in pass defense (165.2 ypg.), second in the conference and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.1 rtg.), eighth in the country in scoring defense (16.3 ppg.) and 16th nationally in total defense (307.7 ypg.) … performed particularly well in Big 12 action, posting 52 tackles (22 solo), 13 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 10 pressures, one forced fumble and a blocked kick in eight league contests … tallied 22 tackles, two sacks, seven TFLs, three pressures and a forced fumble in three games against Top 25 foes … posted a career-high 11 tackles, including one sack and three TFLs, and two pressures at Nebraska … registered nine tackles, including a sack and four TFLs, one pressure and a forced fumble at No. 17 Kansas State … tallied seven tackles, a sack, three TFLs and one pressure against No. 17 Iowa State … posted seven tackles, a sack and a pair of pressures against Texas A&M … had six tackles and three pressures in the Cotton Bowl against LSU … recorded six stops and two pressures against No. 2 Oklahoma … racked up five tackles, one pressure and a blocked PAT in a 17-15 win over Oklahoma State … registered three tackles, including half a sack, and one pressure as UT limited Baylor to 127 total yards of offense … tallied four tackles at Texas Tech and against Houston.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Bobby Stuart at Alief Hastings High … a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at defensive tackle … recorded 196 tackles, 15 sacks, three fumble recoveries and three blocked PATs the final two years of his career … earned first-team All-America honors from USA Today as a senior … also a Parade All-American … rated among the nation's top 10 defensive line prospects by Student Sports … a first-team 5A all-state, All-Greater Houston and all-district selection as a senior … a finalist for the Greater Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year award that year … played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Game … posted 104 tackles, six sacks, three fumble recoveries and two blocked PATs in 2001 … helped lead a defense that posted three shutouts in 2001 … a first-team all-district selection as a junior after registering 92 tackles, nine sacks and a blocked PAT … saw limited action as a sophomore … also threw the shot put for four years.
PERSONAL: Born 7/31/84 in Houston … full name is Rodrique Charles Wright … earned a spot on UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll in the spring of 2004 … uncle, Elmo, played wide receiver at the University of Houston (1968-70) and is the school record holder for career receiving yards (3,347) and TD receptions (34) … Elmo was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 16 overall) in the 1971 NFL Draft and played until '74 … also a cousin of former Longhorns standout Cedric Woodard (1996-99), who is now a defensive tackle for Seattle Seahawks … majoring in liberal arts … serves as a mentor at local elementary and middle schools … considers himself a movie buff … lists bowling and hanging out with friends among his hobbies.