Minnesota Vikings Take Arkansas Wide Receiver Jarius Wright with 118th Pick

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06:  Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks makes a touchdown pass reception against Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Finally, the Minnesota Vikings have taken a wide receiver. Despite the likes of Marvin Jones, Marvin McNutt and Tommy Streeter being available, Minnesota was sold on Jarius Wright.

Wright, who played his college ball with the Arkansas Razorbacks, was a major part in the success that Ryan Tannehill had this past year.

Wright, who also ran one of the fastest 40-yard dashes at 4.42, has the break-away speed that slower cornerbacks won't be able to handle.

Jarius Wright has decent size at 5'10" and 195 pounds, but his speed alone will allow him to blow by defenders for easy catches.

Picking him in the middle of the fourth round is about the perfect spot for Wright. He doesn't possess the greatest hands in the world, but his awareness will allow him to get open at any time.

Wright was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, while combining for 83 catches, 1,469 yards and 10 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons. Wright then went on to catch 66 balls for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011. These numbers made Wright one of the best receivers in the country.

All in all, Wright caught 168 balls for 2,934 yards and 24 touchdowns. Tremendous numbers for a guy that was considered the second—sometimes third—option for the Razorbacks.

He has all the tools to be a top receiver in the NFL, which is the main reason why the Vikings took him over Marvin Jones and Marvin McNutt.

With Wright's unbelievable speed and the fact that the Vikings play on turf, Wright should be able to find himself open on deep routes quite frequently.

The Minnesota Vikings have done an excellent job at giving Christian Ponder another weapon to throw to on offense. However, it's unlikely that the Vikings are done adding talent at wide receiver or tight end.

The Vikings are next scheduled for the 128th pick in the fourth round. I would expect them to address the linebacker or safety position.

Stay tuned for further updates on the Minnesota Vikings' draft.

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