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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kendall Wright

| | College: Baylor
 
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Overview

As a four-year starter, Wright logged evidence in 50 games that he could scorch college defenses with blink-quick moves and appeared ready to fit into a slot position in the NFL and become a nightmarish matchup for defenses.

But in the what-have-you-proven-lately fraternity of NFL scouts, Wright appeared to lose a little luster when his 40-yard time at the Scouting Combine was announced as only 4.61 seconds. It seemed incongruous compared to game tapes.

Some NFL sources told NFLDraftscout.com that Wright's best time at the combine was really 4.49 seconds so they had no concerns.

But Wright was upset by the announced time and felt he had to prove something, so at his Pro Day in March he was timed between 4.41 and 4.46 seconds according to scouts in attendance.

That sounds more like the player who holds a share of 10 Baylor career receiving records and set a single season mark last year with 108 catches for 1,663 yards, 14 touchdown receptions and nine games with more than 100 yards.

His career total of 4,004 yards receiving is 1,300 yards more than anyone who preceded him. Wright is a tireless athlete who also played on the Baylor basketball team, squatted more than 550 pounds and reportedly has a vertical jump of 42 inches.

He has the natural ability to be a returner but was not showcased there in college. At Pittsburgh High in Texas, Wright was a three=sport sensation as he played quarterback in football, averaged almost 25 points a game in basketball and won the state championship with a meet record triple-jump of 50-feet, 8 3/4 inches in 2008.

Analysis

Release: An impressive athlete with very quick acceleration to reach his top speed quickly and stretch the field. Very good body control and smooth movements. Plays fast and explosive. Short and lacks an imposing frame. Smaller target and didn't see a lot of press coverage in the Big 12.

Hands: A savvy, natural hands-catcher with reliable hands and very good focus. A natural plucker who snatches the ball out of the air and shows the concentration to make acrobatic catches look easy. Does a nice job locating and tracking deep passes and is a legitimate vertical threat. Will go up and attack the ball, catching the ball in stride and quickly getting downfield -- looks to score every time he touches the ball. Has smallish hands and will have some drops.

Route running: Has a knack for getting open and is a quarterbacks' best fiend -- passers just need to toss the ball in his area and he'll come down with it. A versatile weapon, proving to be effective inside in the slot and outside on the perimeter. Makes plays at all levels of the field. Still improving as a route runner and needs to do a better job selling his path -- needs to sell slants and in-cuts better.

After the catch: Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start/stop ability and burst -- slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little-to-no wasted movements between the reception and burst up the field -- dangerous after the catch with solid build and toughness to break tackles. Has good body strength to squirm out of tackles with the coordination to maneuver his frame between defenders. Shifty and elusive in the open field with very good vision. Creative with the ball in his hands and shows impressive feel for where he is on the field and the defenders around him.

Blocking: Wright has good playing strength for his frame and takes pride in his blocking. Very physical and aggressive.

Intangibles: Fearless over the middle and does a lot of his damage between the hashmarks. Wants the ball more than anyone else on the field. Confident and tough, playing through several injuries over his career. There is a lot to love about his effort and drive -- a top competitor who gives full effort on every snap. A fiery leader who plays with football intensity and determination -- type of player who will run through a wall for his team. Smart and shows elite feel and focus for the position. Has very good starting experience (42 starts), leading Baylor in receiving all four years of his college career. A versatile weapon (former high school quarterback) with 2 career passing touchdowns, 2 rushing scores and experience as a returner on special teams. Extremely productive over his college career, holding almost every school receiving record and finishing his time at Baylor with 302 catches, 4,004 yards (13.3), 30 receiving touchdowns and 19 career 100+ yd receiving performances -- had at least two catches in every game Baylor played the past four years (50 games). Has some durability concerns, battling through ankle, shoulder and knee injuries as a senior. Has received penalties in the past for excessive celebration and needs to keep his emotions under control. Played in a high-tempo, spread offense with the Heisman Trophy winner as his quarterback so his statistics might be inflated a tad.

NFL Comparison: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

Wright, an All-American and Pittsburg, Texas native, holds a share of 10 Baylor receiving records. He established school records this season with 108 receptions, 1,663 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns and nine 100-yard games. In four years with the Bears, Wright recorded 4,004 career receiving yards - more than 1,300 more than any other player in program history.

2010 Season

Played all 13 games, started 11 at inside receiver and earned All-Big 12 honors … Named second-team All-Big 12 by league's coaches, Phil Steele, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News (honorable mention by AP) … Named first-team "All-Texas" by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication … Member of Biletnikoff Award watch list … Broke school record for receptions in season (78), single-game receptions (12, tied) and consecutive games with reception in one season (13) … Finished third in school single-season history in receiving yardage (952) and tied for eighth in TDs (7) … Led team with 78 receptions and 952 yards (12.2 yards-per-catch) … Rushed eight times for 53 yards (6.6 yards-per-rush), had two punt returns for five yards … Also completed 2-of-2 passes for 59 yards and one touchdown … 6.0 receptions-per-game ranked sixth in Big 12 and 25th nationally … 73.2 yards-per-game ranked fifth in Big 12 … Had five games of 100-plus receiving yards … Had five catches for 128 yards, including 61-yard TD in win over Buffalo in second game … Threw 50-yard TD pass to fellow receiver Terrance Williams in win over Kansas in fifth game, also had 50-yard reception and rushed for 18 yards in same game … Made career-high 11 catches (145 yards) including career-long 62-yard TD vs. Texas Tech in sixth game … Also completed 9-yard pass and returned two punts (five yards) vs. Tech - 151 all-purpose yards … Had two catches (113 yards) including season-high two TDs in win over Kansas State in eighth game … Tied school's single-game reception mark with game-high 12 catches for 127 yards and TD in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois.

2009 Season

Team's top receiver played all 12 games and started 11 at inside receiver as sophomore in 2009 … Earned All-Big 12 honors (second team by Waco Tribune-Herald; third team by Phil Steele; honorable mention by coaches and AP) … Named second-team "All-Texas" by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication … Led team in receptions (66), receiving yards (740) and receiving touchdowns (four) on season … 66 catches ranks third on school's single-season receptions list … Ranked seventh in Big 12 Conference with 5.5 receptions per game … 61.7 receiving yards per game ranked 10th in Big 12 … Finished season with 28 rushing attempts for 132 yards and one TD … Also had four passing attempts (zero completions, two interceptions) and returned one kick for 8 yards … Had season-high 51 rushing yards (four carries) and rushing TD in season-opening win at Wake Forest, also caught four passes … Had first of three 100-yard receiving games in third game vs. Northwestern State, totaled 105 yards and career-high-tying two TDs receiving, also had 44 yards rushing … Caught then-career-high nine passes for 125 yards in win over Kent State in fourth game … Set career-high of 149 receiving yards and tied career high with two TDs in upset at Missouri in ninth game … Season-long reception with 59-yard TD catch in fourth quarter vs. MU … Made seven receptions vs. No. 2 Texas in 10th game.

2008 Season

True freshman burst on scene immediately, playing all 12 games and leading team in receptions, receiving yards and TD catches … Selected honorable mention freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com … Totaled 50 catches, 649 yards and five touchdowns receiving, as well as 168 yards and one score on 29 rushes for season … Set BU freshman records for receptions (50) and receiving yards (649) … Ranked 21st in Big 12 in both receptions per game (4.2) and average receiving yards (54.1) … One of six true freshmen to play for Baylor in 2008 … First-string inside receiver made eight starts … Had two catches for 21 yards and two carries for nine yards in collegiate debut in opener vs. No. 23 Wake Forest … Scored first career touchdown in third game vs. Washington State, on a 10-yard end around … Logged first 100-yard receiving game at Connecticut in fourth game, had 114 yards and career-first TD reception on six catches … Set season-highs for receptions (seven), receiving yards (132) and touchdowns (two, one a 51-yarder) in win over Iowa State in sixth game … Matched season high of seven receptions (80 yards) the following week at No. 8 Oklahoma State … Had a career-high five rushes vs. No. 14 Missouri in ninth game, gained 24 yards … Ran for a career-high 53 yards on four carries at No. 5 Texas in 10th game, including a season-long 34-yard run … Also caught season-long 55-yard TD catch vs. Longhorns … Scored on a PAT catch in season finale at No. 7 Texas Tech … Played for Scott Drew on Baylor basketball squad during offseason … Scored 10 points in 13 games played as reserve guard.

High School

Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, Texas … Three-sport standout earned all-state honors in football, basketball and track as prep … 3-star Rivals.com and Scout.com recruit … No. 47 on SuperPrep's Texas 110 list … Ranked 81st on Dallas Morning News' State Top 100 list … Listed among top 50 recruits on Waco Tribune-Herald's Top 100 list … Also listed on both Fort Worth Star-Telegram's and Houston Chronicle's Texas Top 100 … Ranked 35th on San Antonio Express-News Texas Top 100 … No. 48 on Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 list … Rated nation's 64th-best athlete by Rivals.com and is listed 67th by Scout.com … Listed among state's Top 20 receivers on Texas Football magazine's Texas Top 300 … 2007 second-team Class 3A all-state cornerback selection by Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention by The Associated Press after registering 33 tackles, five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and pair of defensive touchdowns … Tyler Morning Telegram first-team All-East Texas selection as utility player after leading Pittsburg to its first playoff win in some 20 years as senior … Also earned first-team 2007 All-East Texas honors from Longview News Journal as cornerback … As Pirates' quarterback in 2007, rushed for 1,069 yards and 15 touchdowns threw for 1,170 yards and nine scores … In both 2006 and 2007, was second-team All-District 16-3A performer as both quarterback and cornerback … As junior, accounted for 26 total touchdowns and passed for 850 yards … Produced quadruple-double on basketball court as senior and averaged 24.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals per game en route to 2007 East Texas Player of Year honors from Tyler Morning Telegram … Three-time member of Tyler Morning Telegram All-East Texas Team … All-state basketball selection as junior … 2007 Texas Class 3A state long jump (24-0 3/4) and triple jump (48-5 1/4) champion … Captured 2008 Class 3A gold medal in triple jump with meet-record leap of 50-8 3/4 and placed fifth in 3A100 meters (11.00) … Named to Pittsburg's A-BHonor Roll … Served as youth basketball coach in Pittsburg community … 40-inch vertical jump … Coached by Robert Manley at District 16-3A school.

Personal

Son of Kelvin McCain and Tameika Wright, Kendall Wright was born on Nov. 12, 1989, in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 1/20 - Kendall Wright, WR, 5-10, 196, Baylor...Wright gives the Titans another weapon at receiver and something they don't have, even if Kenny Britt comes back healthy. He can take the top off the defense from the slot position and is a threat when it comes to YAC as well. - The Sports Xchange

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