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Jarius Wright, a 5'10", 182-pound wide receiver, led the explosive Razorback offense with 66 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2011—all school records.
Wright finished his career at Arkansas with 44 starts and is the school's career leader in receptions (168), receiving yards (2,934), and is second in receiving touchdowns (24).
He has the ability to play both in the slot and on the outside despite his small stature thanks to his straight-line speed and leaping ability.
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 sec. Vertical Jump: 38 inches. Broad Jump: 10'0". 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.03 sec. 3-Cone Drill: 6.93 sec.
What the Experts Are Saying
Here is what NFL.com has to say about Wright's strengths in his NFL draft scouting report:
"Wright is a very quick player who understands how to work out of the slot and sit down in the holes of zone defenses .. tough in traffic ... He understands the angling aspect of route running ... He has quick hands to snag the ball in short throws and the ability to reel it in deep."
ESPN's Scouts Inc. highlights these strengths in their scouting report on Wright:
"Uses initial burst to drive corners back on hitch routes and can separate from man coverage on drag routes ... Above average focus when the ball is in the air. Above average body control and can adjust to passes thrown behind him."
CBS Sports ranks Wright as their 22nd-best WR prospect, and their own Dane Brugler has this to say about his weaknesses:
"Lacks ideal size and strength and is a smallish target with a lean, frail-looking frame ... Gets himself in trouble with body catches."
While there is no questioning Wright's production in college, scouts are hesitant to believe the receiver can continue putting up big numbers in the NFL. They call into question his small stature and hands (8.5"), and worry they may offset his speed advantage.
If Wright can overcome his size concerns and takes well to a new coaching style there is no reason to believe he could not become a starter by his third season.
He brings a lot of value as a slot receiver and should be able to produce near the level of Chargers' without Eddie Royal.
The Vikings bolster their WR depth behind Percy Harvin and newly-inked Jerome Simpson. Hopefully Wright's dynamic college career will morph into success with the Vikes.