NFL Combine 2012: Baylor WR Kendall Wright Now a 2nd-Rounder After Bad 40 Time
After Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright pushed the ball down the field and led one of the best aerial assaults in the nation, both prospects shot up draft boards and found their way into the projected first round.
On Griffin III, the quarterback's numbers at the combine certainly confirm the game tape on this signal-caller. Griffin III ran a blistering 4.4-second 40-yard dash time at the event and had an astounding 39" vertical jump, besting Cam Newton's numbers from 2011 and putting himself in consideration as the second-best player in the class.
As for his teammate Kendall Wright, the wide receiver didn't quite measure up to Griffin III's big numbers.
Only 5'10", Wright's supposed best value was that he was an explosive, vertical threat who could stretch the field and make big plays. Watching the tape, I thought of Wright as a DeSean Jackson-type game-breaker (in a lesser version).
To solidify his status as a first-rounder, Wright would have had to run a 40-yard dash in the high 4.3's or (at the absolute worst) low 4.4's.
Though he showed up in great shape, the Baylor wideout got a bad jump off the line and finished with a disappointing 4.6-second 40-yard dash time.
If Wright at least got a good start and had a solid 10-yard split, his draft stock may have been saved, but his bad start and even worse time only proves that this pass-catcher's speed wasn't what everyone thought it was.
Is Kendall Wright still a first-round prospect?
At 5'10", wide receivers already have a height disadvantage, but these players can save themselves with game-breaking speed and very reliable hands.
Wright does have above-average hands and he caught every pass in the gauntlet drill (where the pass-catcher runs across the field, catching footballs left and right), but the receiver was unable to show he has NFL speed.
Without the ability to beat the defense over the top with his height or speed, it's very difficult to see Wright in the first round.
If I'm the GM of a team that was considering drafting Wright near the end of the first round or even the beginning of the second round, I would cross the Baylor graduate off my board. Teams can get the same value with a player like Jarius Wright from Arkansas and he may not go until the third round.
Wright's a good prospect and he will have some success in the NFL, but I don't advocate using a high pick on him when there is so much talent in the upcoming draft.
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