INDIANAPOLIS — It’s not quite the same as returning an interception for a touchdown to seal a Super Bowl championship, like Tracy Porter did for the Saints nearly a month ago, but nailing a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine is still worth smiling about.
While many of the group 11 cornerbacks emerged from the vertical jump station frustrated or disappointed that they couldn’t quite get that extra inch or two, Florida junior Major Wright let loose a series of fist pumps at the conclusion of his second jump.
Wright, the last prospect of the entire group to do the vertical jump, had reached his goal. The 5-foot-11 1/2 playmaker finished his three-year college career with eight interceptions and a touchdown, so he knows what it feels like to make a big play. And that is exactly what he did Tuesday. He demonstrated his impressive hops by leaping into the air and pushing over a dozen or so pegs.
It was unofficially a 35-inch vertical, one of the better unofficial heights of the session. No wonder Wright could not contain himself as he walked down the sideline following the jump with a broad grin and the clear expression that only accomplishment can bring.
– Jason Feller