When Baylor held its Pro Day earlier this week most of the attention was focused on quarterback Robert Griffin III, likely to be the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft going to the Washington Redskins. Word on the Internet was that the New York Giants were represented at the Pro Day, and you have to know the Giants were not focused on Griffin.
More likely, the Giants were there primarily to have a first-hand look at Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. Griffin's favorite target is not expected to fall far enough in the 2012 NFL Draft for him to be available to the Giants at No. 32 in the first round. As we learned last season from the Prince Amukamara situation, however, these things do happen. So, let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to discuss Wright.
Here is SI.com's Tony Pauline talking about Wright's performance at the Pro Day:
Wright showed a terrific burst of speed and second gear catching the deep throws. He ran outstanding pass routes, quickly getting into breaks then exploding to the ball on exit. His ability to quickly transition from making the catch to running after the reception was also impressive. Wright caught just about everything thrown in his direction and was smooth throughout the entire workout, displaying great balance and body control in all his movements. Today should stop any perceived slide in Wright's draft stock and should affirm the receiver as a top-20 choice.
The National Football Post's Wes Bunting says Wright is "In the same mold as a number of Pittsburgh Steelers receivers (Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders) and can be effective both inside and out making plays down the field at the next level." Matt Bowen of the NFP says Wright is "a prospect that plays faster than his 40 time."
Wright is undersized but has the speed to take the top off of NFL defenses. His athletic ability is his greatest strength, and he uses strong, polished technique to make up for his size deficiencies on the field. He has the wiggle and subsequent burst to make a move on a defender and get up field. His ball skills are on par with his overall skills as a wideout, and he uses his footwork to run strong routes for the collegiate level. He is a smart, competitive player who runs each route to win, and usually does. He will have to improve his blocking and overall strength at the next level, but Wright has the potential to be a first day pick and make an instant impact.
If he is somehow still sitting there at No. 32 would you guys like to see Wright as another weapon for Eli Manning in the Giants' passing attack?
Kendall Wright Profile
40 time: 4.45 (Pro Day)
2011 Stats: 108 receptions, 1663 yards, 15.4 yards per catch, 14 touchdowns
Complete List Of Prospect Profiles
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Kelcie McCray, SS, Arkansas State
Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Amini Solatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
Desmond Wynn, OG, Rutgers
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson