Jarius Wright is a very intriguing wide receiver prospect that might be a first-or second-round pick in many mock drafts prior to 2012.
However, I have him ranked as the 15th best receiver and a probable third or fourth round pick in the loaded 2012 receiver class.
Read on for Wright's six biggest strengths and weaknesses.
Wright has legitimate 4.4 speed and can eat up a cornerback's cushion in a heartbeat. Once he has the ball, he is a threat to take it to the house each time.
He has played mainly in the slot, but he could see some time outside with that speed.
Wright is certainly one of the best route-runners in the 2012 NFL Draft class. He rarely loses his speed coming out of his breaks, allowing him to create separation with ease.
Many players can run good routes, but Wright is able to disguise them so well. Corners rarely can anticipate what is coming.
As I mentioned earlier, Wright can line up in the slot as well as outside.
He can run the full route-tree as well as contributing on screens and reverses. His ability to make people miss in space is excellent. There isn't a team in the NFL that couldn't find something for Wright to do.
At 5'10" and only 180 pounds, Jarius Wright will be one of the smaller receivers in the NFL. He also sports some 8.5 inch hands, which is below average as well.
Moving to the NFL, teams might wonder if Wright can hold up against a 16-game beatdown.
Strength is also an issue with Wright's game. He only did 11 reps on the bench press, and the tape backs that up.
He often struggles getting off of press coverage, but did have a good game against Morris Claiborne of LSU who had a tough time pressing him. Wright's small size doesn't help him here, either.
If he can't get a clean release, Wright's route-running skills will be neutralized in the NFL.
We mentioned Wright's small hands earlier, but their size is not the only issue.
Wright has a habit of letting the ball get in on him, rather than plucking the ball out away from his body. This leads to more drops than he should have, especially on deep balls.