NFL Draft 2012: Kendall Wright's Draft Stock Soars

Matt GoldsteinContributor IIMarch 21, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 15: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears looks on during a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 15, 2011 in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Baylor Bears 55-28. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Last month, the chances of Kendall Wright being drafted in the first round seemed small. Wright was renowned for his speed while playing for Baylor, but he shockingly ran a 4.61 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. NFL scouts were turned off by Wright and his draft stock plummeted.

Now, one month later, Wright has reclaimed his spot as a top receiver in the NFL draft. At Baylor’s Pro Day, Wright proved his critics wrong and erased any doubts about his speed. Wright ran a remarkable 4.41 40, which was faster than the times of fellow top wide receiver prospects Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd.

Kendall Wright’s speed was not the only aspect of his game that impressed scouts at his Pro Day. The Texas native displayed incredible hands, dropping only one tough ball and making a spectacular play on a ball thrown by Robert Griffin III, only securing the belief that Wright has the potential to become a big-time playmaker in the NFL.

It appears almost certain that Wright will be a late first-round pick come April 26. There will be several teams in need of a wide receiver drafting at the end of the first round, and it is not likely that Wright will outlast the second-round. Wright will probably be drafted by Cleveland (Pick 22), Denver (Pick 25), Houston (Pick 26) or San Francisco (Pick 30).

Kendall Wright’s Pro Day reinforced the consensus that he will be able to contribute to any team quickly, and that he could be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.