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Jaylen Wright rookie contract figures with Miami Dolphins revealed after 2024 NFL Draft

Stephen Samraby:Steve Samra04/27/24


Former Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 120 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Momentarily after he was selected on Saturday afternoon, his rookie contract details were revealed, via Spotrac. Wright’s contract is for four years, $4.792 million. Additionally, the deal includes a signing bonus of $772,600 for the former Tennessee star.

Wright spent three seasons at Tennessee and steadily improved with more opportunities with the Volunteers. This past season, Wright had 137 carries for 1,013 yards, four touchdowns and 7.4 yards per carry. He added 22 catches for 141 yards.

In his career, Wright had 368 carries for 2,297 yards, 18 touchdowns and 6.2 yards per carry.

As a member of the Class of 2021, Wright was a three-star recruit out of Durham (N.C.) Southern, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He was the No. 26 overall prospect in the state, the No. 35 running back in the class and the No. 515 overall prospect in the class.

What draft analysts are saying about Jaylen Wright’s Lance Zierlein evaluated the tape on Wright and gave his analysis. His NFL comparison is Melvin Gordon.

“Explosive back with good size and breakaway speed,” Zierlein wrote. “Wright’s running style is more linear than free-flowing, which limits his cut smoothness and elusiveness on the second level. His vision and aggression as an interior runner are just average, but that won’t stop him from putting yards on the stat sheet. 

“He regularly bounced runs wide and beat the pursuit around the corner, so a move to a stretch-based running attack would be a natural fit, allowing his speed to shine. He’s capable of running with power, but he will default into finesse at times. Wright’s big-play potential and talent as a pass catcher should make him a Day 2 target as a future starter.”

On3’s Nick Kosko contributed to this article.