2012 NFL Mock Draft: Kendall Wright

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Kendall Wright is an exceptionally gifted athlete with great speed who is the best deep threat in the class. Explodes in and out of breaks and gets up field fast before the catch. Stretches defenses vertically and uses quick feet and solid body control to evade defenders all over the field. He is extremely effective in both the slot and the outside perimeter.

Although Wright has smaller hands, he is a reliable receiver and a natural catcher. He locates and tracks the ball very well and uses his athleticism to pluck the ball out of the air. After the catch Wright is a nightmare for DBs.

He has elite agility and balance, accelerates to full speed almost immediately, and has a great ability to make precision cuts with quick start-stop movements. Although a smaller receiver, Wright is tough and physical. He uses his compact size effectively with above-average lower body strength that allows him to break arm tackles with ease. He maneuvers well in traffic and has good field vision.

He hasn’t had to block often, but when he does he finishes them and plays with aggression. Wright can successfully execute a reverse/fake reverse and can throw the ball with touch as well as zip it in. He protects the ball extremely well while fighting for extra yards or the score.

[Ed Note: Make sure to check out the Opposing Views Mock Draft]


Sitting under 6’, the obvious is that Wright lacks size. Although he has exceptional acceleration and makes precise breaks and cuts, his route running is still developing. He needs to improve after the catch on getting downfield, as he has a tendency to focus a more on the “shake” than the “bake” at times.


  • WR, Baylor, Sr.
  • Ht:  5’10”
  • Wt:  190
  • 40: 4.4
  • Bench Reps:
  • Shuttle:
  • Vertical: 39”


Kendall Wright’s frame could allow him to add 10 Lbs at the next level, but he needs to be cautious he doesn’t lose any speed with the additional weight. He was a four-year starter who increased his productivity every season. 2008 – 50 receptions, 649 yards, 5 TDs; 2009 – 66 receptions, 740 yards, 4 TDs, 2010 – 78 receptions, 952 yards, 7 TDs, 2011 – 108 receptions, 1663 yards, 14 TDs. Robert Griffin III is an accurate and precise passer, but Wright works hard at bailing out his QB when the throw is off. Wright appears to be of high character, which would lead most to feel he would fit in with any locker room and coaching staff. His footwork, agility and balance are top-notch will also make him enticing to most clubs.

[Ed Note: Make sure to check out the Opposing Views Mock Draft]

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