Major upgrade for Bears as Wright is only Gators’ player taken in third round of 2010 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 24, 2010

Round 3 – No. 75
Major Wright, S
Chicago Bears


Height: 5’11” – Weight: 206 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Junior

The Chicago Bears waited patiently for almost two full days before making their first selection of the 2010 NFL Draft, using the No. 75 overall pick in the third round to select former Florida Gators safety Major Wright.

He was the first Florida player at his position to be drafted since Reggie Nelson (No. 21, Jacksonville Jaguars – 2007) and goes to a team which hopes he can step in and play right away.

“You hate to talk about rookies being one of the starters right away,” Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said when discussing Wright, “but […] he’s our first pick. We’re expecting big things from him.”

Wright was explosive for the Gators in 2008 but experienced reduced playing time in 2009 when the team decided to utilize three safeties. His decision to declare for the draft was seen as a mistake by many in Gator Nation, but his stock rose with each passing event as he was impressive at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and Florida’s Pro Day.

He is the first Gators player to be selected by the Bears since the team took three former University of Florida student-athletes in 2003: quarterback Rex Grossman (first round), defensive tackle Ian Scott and safety Todd Johnson (both fourth round).

15 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    I am just absolutely stunned Riley Cooper and Hernandez of all people are still on the board. Hernandez was the best TE coming out…what the hell did he do in his interviews?

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    How the hell does Jimmy Grahm from Miami go before Hernandez? I am just baffled!!!!!

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like Cooper got some bad advise on giving up baseball for football as well.

  4. brlgator says:

    Am i the only person who thinks that major wright doesnt have what it takes to make it in the nfl?

  5. Gio Showtime says:

    I’m just going to put it out there because I guess analysts and scouts are afraid to say but Aaron Hernandez is a thug. I couldn’t see him conducting himself professionally in an interview if his life depended on it. I’m also Hispanic so this is in no way racist, but if you’ve seen this guy act in a public setting you would know exactly why he slid down draft boards. As far as I know his thuggish persona hasn’t gotten him into serious trouble, which is why I personally would’ve taken him in the first (where he should have been taken).

  6. Wingtee says:

    Not your most brilliant statement Adam.

    • Stating that New England has an ability to handle and improve troublesome players…if that is what Hernandez is…not sure what your problem is with that statement…

      Moss, Dillon, etc.

  7. brlgator says:

    I agree NE has a check your ego at door type atmosphere. Not to mention he is less then 1 1/2hour from home (could be good or bad)

  8. Wingtee says:

    Adam I guess the other 31 are supplied with angels. Have you checked the issues of cinn bengals , cowboys, even the RAIDERs????

    • Wingtee- you are just putting words in my mouth. All I said is that, if there are indeed character concerns, New England has a history of helping players correct those. Not sure what bugs you about that.

  9. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    A lot on here critisized Wright’s decision but it looks like it was probably the best move

  10. Wingtee says:

    So Adam , what you are saying is the NE helps with guys that come in with a lot of baggage? If so my apologies. You are
    brilliant then!

  11. Wingtee says:

    I am not being sarcastic. I understand what you are saying now. Breath deep… I agree Adam!

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