Titans rookie WR Kendall Wright needs to prove he is capable of learning.
Kendall Wright laid a couple of stinkers when he tested for the 40-yard dash at the combine.
The very characteristic that had pundits everywhere foaming at the mouth, his otherworldly acceleration, was brought into question. When you run over 4.6 and have a body that some scouts told me they "were scared of," you fall down draft boards.
He made up for it at Baylor's pro day. I timed him at 4.41 and 4.46. That seemed more like it.
Wright told RosterWatch after the workout what the difference was. Those fleeting two-tenths of a second seem so marginal in the grand scheme of things but represent a huge difference in a player's projection, especially a wide receiver who reminds you of a mix of Santonio Holmes and Steve Smith. Speed is a necessity.
Wright said it was the three-second pause that's required before running the 40 in Indy. He wasn't prepared for it. He didn't know about it, and hadn't practiced it. It messed him up. He went on to say it was the slowest 40 time he had run since middle school, and holding onto it for the last few weeks felt awful.
I remember thinking to myself, "Dude, how could you not know? This is your career." It raised a little red flag in my mind.
To be capable of learning, you need to be proactive. You need to seek answers, not merely accept the ones given to you. You can't say after the game that you weren't aware that the defense would be going to a 4-2-5 front, and that's why you missed your assignment. Kendall Wright is an elite talent who needs to prove he is capable in this regard.