Nahshon Wright was born on September 23, 1998, he is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon State.
Wright attended James Logan High School, where he played as a wide receiver and cornerback. He also lettered in basketball and track. He enrolled in Laney College, where he contributed to the team winning the 2018 state championship. He tallied 12 starts, 17 tackles (1.5 for loss), 4 interceptions, and 3 passes defended while earning All-conference honors.
He transferred to Oregon State University in 2019. As a sophomore, he appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts, posting 34 tackles (half a tackle for loss) and 3 interceptions.
As a junior in 2020, the football season was reduced to 7 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He started in 6 games, registering 30 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defended, and one sack. He had 6 tackles and one interception against the University of California. He made 7 tackles, one interception, and one pass defense against the University of Oregon. He had 7 tackles and one sack against the Stanford University. He declared for the NFL Draft after the season.
Wright was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (99th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. The selection was criticized in the media as a reach, while the team passed on other defensive backs like Elijah Molden, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Ambry Thomas, and Brandon Stephens.
Wright signed his four-year rookie contract with Dallas on July 21, worth $4.8 million. In Week 9 against the Denver Broncos, he touched a blocked punt after it passed the line of scrimmage, causing the officiating crew to award the ball back to the Broncos with a new set of downs.
|7||Lions||W 24 – 6|
|6||@Eagles||L 17 – 26|
|5||@Rams||W 22 – 10|
|4||Commanders||W 25 – 10|
|3||@Giants||W 23 – 16|
|2||Bengals||W 20 – 17|
|1||Buccaneers||L 3 – 19|