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Senior Bowl prospect of the day

Need for speed could push Wright up draft boards

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By Nolan Nawrocki

The following is the first in a series of scouting reports for draft prospects who are participating in this year's Senior Bowl. These reports from PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki will be running all week leading up to Saturday evening's game in Mobile, Ala.

(Editor's note: Wright removed himself from the Senior Bowl to rest his injured ankle.)

WR Kendall Wright, #1
Baylor University

Height: 5-10 1/8 Weight: 194 Speed: 4.40e
Arm: 30 5/8 Hand: 8 1/4 Age: 22

Notes

All-state in football, basketball and track as a Texas prep, winning state titles in the long jump and triple jump. Set Baylor freshman records for receptions and receiving yards in 2008 when he started 11-of-12 games and recorded 50-649-5 (13-yard average). Also was a reserve on the basketball team. Started 11-of-12 games in '09, snagging 66-740-4 (11.2). Played all 13 games in '10, starting eight, and set a school record for single-season receptions with 78-952-7 (12.2). Added two punt returns for five yards (2.5). Had a record setting season in '11, establishing school records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns after recording 108-1,663-14 (15.4) in 13 games (12 starts). Also saw limited duty returning punts 5-37-0 (7.4). Holds a share of 10 Baylor receiving records, including 4,004 career receiving yards - 1,300 more than any player in school history. Was the Bears' leading receiver four consecutive seasons from his inside receiver position. Has 75 career rushes for 425 yards (5.7) and six touchdowns. Also has completed 4-of-12 career pass attempts (33.3 percent) for 144 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. An ankle injury will keep him from playing in the Senior Bowl.

Upside

  • Dangerous playmaker
  • Blazing speed
  • Explosive and electric in open field
  • Hauls in difficult, acrobatic catches
  • Excellent leaper
  • Turns short throws into long gains 

Downside

  • Lacks ideal height and length
  • Needs to get functionally stronger
  • Susceptible to jam
  • Limited route tree
  • Undisciplined route runner
  • Lackluster blocker 

The way we see it

A slippery, sudden, loose-hipped athlete with speed to shave a secondary, Wright has some maturing to do. However, he is a highly productive, competitive, confident talent with versatility and playmaking ability to factor outside, in the slot or even as a returner. Instant impact factor. 

Draft projection: First round

 

Follow our weeklong coverage of the Senior Bowl, with daily reports on practices, analysis, features and columns from our reporters in Mobile, Ala., along with videos, and concluding with a game story Saturday evening.

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