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‘Last Chance U’ alum Rejzohn Wright enters 2023 NFL Draft

‘Last Chance U’ alum Rejzohn Wright enters 2023 NFL Draft
Oregon State cornerback Rejzohn Wright announced his intention to enter the 2023 NFL Draft Monday, looking to follow in his brother’s footsteps as an NFL draft pick. (Credit: Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (BVM) – After a 38-34 victory over the in-state rival Oregon Ducks, the Oregon State Beavers finished the regular season with an impressive 9-3 record and a No. 16 ranking in the Nov. 27 AP poll. The nine wins are the most for Oregon State since 2012 and if they win their bowl matchup, 10 wins would be the most since 2006, over 15 years ago.

For the seniors, beating the program’s biggest rival and finishing the regular season with one of the best records will be a hard moment to top. For Beavers cornerback Rejzohn Wright, this may just be the beginning.

On Monday, Wright announced his intention to enter his name into the 2023 NFL Draft. The former Pac-12 honorable mention was one of the top defenders for Beavers this past season.

Wright had a solid campaign during the regular season, finishing with 38 total tackles, 11 passes defended, two interceptions and a fumble recovery over 12 games. It remains to be seen if this announcement means that Wright will forgo the team’s bowl game or not, but if so, he will finish the year with a solid stat line.

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In 12 games this season, Wright has registered 38 total tackles, 11 passes defended, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. (Credit: Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal/USA TODAY NETWORK)

If Wright has indeed played his last game, he will have made the most of his three years in Corvallis. Wright has recorded 92 total tackles, 21 passes defended, four interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a sack.

The standout corner is no stranger to the spotlight. Wright was one of the featured players during Season 5 of the Netflix hit docuseries “Last Chance U” as a member of the Laney College JUCO football program. During the 2019 season that was covered, Wright registered 18 tackles with one tackle for loss along with two pass breakups and a spectacular interception. He will look to become just the third prominently featured player from the series to be selected in the draft, joining East Mississippi Community College’s Dakota Allen and Independence Community College’s Jermaine Johnson II.

While Wright’s NFL future is currently unknown, at least he will have an inside perspective of how the league works. That’s because Rejzohn’s brother, Nahshon, has gone through it all before as a current player for the Dallas Cowboys.

Like Rejzohn, Nahson went the JUCO route at Laney before making his way to Oregon State. There, he also had a successful career with 64 total tackles, 11 passes defended, five interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack in 18 games.

Nahshon also had a memorable draft process of his own, eventually being selected by the Cowboys in the third round, pick No. 99 overall, of the 2021 NFL Draft. Over his year and a half in Dallas, Nahshon has 10 total tackles in 14 games with one start. Not bad for a third-round selection.

Now it will be Rejzhon’s turn. With a similar size to his brother, 6-foot-2, Rejzhon fits the new mold of NFL defensive back where height has become more important than ever in the pass-happy league. Given his size, successful senior campaign and depth of knowledge learned from his brother’s own experience, expect Rejzhon’s start to continue to rise heading into the 2023 NFL Draft.