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I realize I've got some work to do if I plan on convincing the masses that the 49ers should let Wright pass on by if he somehow slips.
That's OK, I'm up to the task.
I'm not going to base my argument on the idea that Wright was simply the beneficiary of a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Baylor (even though it's partially true), but you can't deny that catching passes from RGIII will clearly boost your draft stock.
Of course, the same can be said about Wright helping Griffin's draft stock as well.
Anyway, it's obvious that the top pass-catcher in Baylor history is a gifted athlete. His unique speed and after-the-catch abilities have most experts touting him as a top-20 prospect in this year's draft.
I, too, was a fan of the receiver not so long ago.
Upon further inspection, I've become aware of a couple flaws that have caused more than a couple first-round receivers to eventually flop in the NFL.
First of all, nearly every scouting report I could find on Wright pointed out that he isn't fond of blocking assignments. Joe Goodberry of SB Nation had this to say regarding Wright's toughness.
Poor run blocker. Wright doesn't seem very interested. Catches over the middle are hit-and-miss. He isn't the best in traffic where he loses concentration or looks for the flag on contact. He can take a hit and hold onto the ball though.
Secondly, Wright's route running needs some work. Griffin was an extremely accurate QB in college and, as previously stated, boosted his favorite receiver's numbers because of it. Wright mainly ran go routes and stop-and-go routes at Baylor, but the WR position in the NFL, and particularly the 49ers' West Coast offense, is much more complex than straight-line route running.
And last but not least, Wright simply doesn't seem to pay attention to detail. Jerry Rice would probably tell you that's a major mistake. Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar put together a nice piece outlining Wright's subpar effort at the NFL combine. He pointed out that Wright looked sloppy while running unfamiliar routes and showed up looking out of shape. His overall efforts reflected these points quite accurately.
Strike three, and you're out! Out of the first round, that is.
Well, if you ask me, anyway.
Like I said, Wright is a gifted athlete equipped with many of the tools needed to succeed in the NFL, but there's much more to the overall equation than just having the necessary skill set. Success came all too easy to Wright in college for various reasons, but it doesn't quite work like that on Sundays.
If he doesn't figure that out soon, he'll become just another first-round bust while some fifth-round sleeper takes the league by storm in his rookie season.