Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

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Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:03 pm

Baylor Senior
40: 4.44


Has very good speed that is at home getting behind the defense on the vertical routes to make plays downfield. Tracks the deep ball well. He accelerates well into his route and has the burst to separate, particularly on the deep post. Works well out of the slot. Can make the quick move after the catch, and with his explosive first step can be dangerous after the catch. Works well on screens and smoke routes. Can juke and spin out of tackles and comfortable with the ball in his hands. Shows decent body control able to adjust to back-shoulder throw. Has good hands and will catch the ball away from his body on the deeper routes. Will dive for low throws. Comfortable working on special teams as a punt returner.


Lacks ideal size and not a reliable option in traffic. Isn't going to extend or lay out for a lot of throws. Lets some passes get into his body. Is limited as a blocker, giving only perfunctory effort there. He needs to polish up his route-running and has a tendency to push off at the top of routes to create last-minute separation. Dances a bit too much after the catch at times. Will take some risks as a punt returner, not fair catching some.


Wright was a solid player for Baylor, but really emerged alongside Robert Griffin to be one of the country's most potent playmaking pairs. He excelled at running the deep routes, and Griffin excelled at throwing them causing them to create a ton of huge plays. He projects well as the undersized, but explosive vertical threat in the league similar to players like Mike Wallace and DeSean Jackson. Like those two, he's going to work best in a similar scheme he played at Baylor, where teams will spread the field and ask him to attack vertically. He also played some basketball during his freshman year, indicated by his high vertical leap. But he's not really a guy that is going to consistently go and get a ball. But it gives him better range than a lot of similar players.


(9/2) vs. TCU: 13 targets, 12 rec., 189 yds (15.6 avg), 45 YAC (3.8 avg), 2 TDs
(12/3) vs. Texas: 9 tgt., 6 rec., 166 yds (27.8 avg), 62 YAC (10.3 avg), 1 TDs
(12/29) vs. Washington: 8 tgt., 6 rec., 84 yds (14.0 avg), 36 YAC (6.0 avg), 1 TDs


2011: 13 GP/12 GS, 108 catches, 1663 yds, 15.4 avg, 14 TDs; 10 rush att., 72 yds, 7.2 avg, 0 TDs; 5 PR, 7.4 avg, 0 TDs
2010: 13/11-78-952-12.2-7; 8-53-6.6-0; 2-2.5-0
2009: 12/11-66-740-11.2-4; 28-132-4.7-1
2008: 12/8-50-649-13.0-5; 29-168-5.8-1


Wright reminds me of Jeremy Maclin in terms of his playmaking ability and speed. Like Maclin, he doesn't possess the greatest hands or ball skills, but he can make plays because of his speed and burst allow him to easily separate from most corners. And like Maclin, he's going to work best in a spread offense that uses him as a complementary threat. He could work well like a Mike Wallace as a vertical threat that can take the top off a defense. And like he had with Griffin, and Maclin has with Vick, and Wallace with Roethlisberger, he'll work best in an offense that has a strong-armed quarterback that likes to take shots downfield. Wright ideally will be worked in the slot where his speed and burst will create a ton of matchup problems. His lack of size and struggles in traffic won't be as big a deal at the next level thanks in part to the rule changes that basically give receivers free reign over the middle. Like a player like Wallace, he's truly a dynamic No. 2 that can produce like a No. 1 in the right offense. But he's not going to be a guy that is going to shine working the short stuff because of his limitations in traffic. You want to get him in space and you want him to run. In the right scheme, Wright can be a guy that consistently catches 60-75 passes a year and be someone that is one of the more feared vertical threats in the league. While he has limited reps on special teams, I do think he offers good potential there because his speed, burst, and acceleration can make him a very effective and dynamic punt returner.


Jeremy Maclin, Eagles.


Wright would be a dynamic slot option for the Falcons. While he has a limited range similar to Harry Douglas because of his lack of ideal size, his superior athleticism and speed will allow him to more easily overcome that because of his ability to create separation. Whether he lives up to the full abilities of his potential will depend largely on Matt Ryan's ability to throw the deep ball. But even Matt Ryan would have difficulty overthrowing Wright. He would give the Falcons the most fearsome quartet of receivers in the league and transform them from a balanced, run-oriented attack to a pass-first, and explosive offense comparable to that of New Orleans or Green Bay.


Wright isn't your traditional first round receiver but because he provides a valuable playmaking element to an offense, he is a solid first round pick. Because he's going to be a fairly one-dimensional vertical threat however means that he should go in the latter half of the first round.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Speed: 8.5
Hands: 7.0
After Catch: 8.5
Body Control: 5.5
Range: 6.0
Blocking: 3.5
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