2017 NFL Draft

Kendall Wright, WR

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pittsburg, TX
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 196 lbs.
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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

04/27/2012 - Wright figures to play right away in offensive coordinator Chris Palmer's system, one that is similar to the New York Giants system that combines a solid running game with a big-play passing game. It is clear that the Titans will employ Wright and hope to put plenty of solid weapons around future franchise quarterback Jake Locker long-term with veteran Matt Hasselbeck also benefiting in the short run. Palmer, a coaching veteran whose days date back to the Houston Oilers' run-and-shoot and later with the Drew Bledsoe-led New England Patriots under Bill Parcells, not to mention stints as head coach in Cleveland and offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. Palmer sees no reason by Wright won't be the right fit, right now. "You go back and look at New England and we had Terry Glenn who caught 90 balls as a rookie. We had Kevin Johnson of Syracuse as a receiver (in Cleveland), and he caught eight touchdowns. We had Andre Johnson who had 975 yards his rookie year (in Houston)," Palmer said. "I think this system allows a rookie to come in and play early, and there's enough evidence of that in the history of our coaching to indicate that we're counting on this guy to come in and play." Wright also gives Tennessee some insurance in case Britt's surgically-repaired knee is uncooperative for the start of the season, though Tennessee expects Britt to be ready by the opener barring any setbacks. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Tennessee Titans offense can now be officially welcomed into the 21st century. Tennessee's selection of Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, a speedster with game-breaking potential, adds yet another weapon to a Titans offense that already features Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Jared Cook and, of course, Chris Johnson. The days of playing defense, kicking field goals and running backs getting 25 carries in a 13-10 game appear to finally be a thing of the past in Tennessee. The Titans still need help on defense in the 2012 draft, but when they saw a player that offensive coordinator Chris Palmer described as "electric" still sitting there with the 20th pick in the first round, they grabbed him. "We're very excited to make our first-round pick in Kendall Wright of Baylor. We spent a lot of time watching Kendall. We brought him in here for a visit, sent our coaches to work him out," Ruston Webster said of his first-ever pick as Titans general manager. "He is an exciting playmaker who can help us in a lot of ways. He'll be fun to watch, and it'll make our offense even better than it is, and we're very excited about that." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 20. Tennessee Titans: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor -- A reliable route-runner and return threat, Wright is explosive and can be groomed to become Jake Locker's favorite target opposite Kenny Britt. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 18. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: Say what you will about Wright's disappointing Combine workout, he proved his speed during his Pro Day workout and most importantly, was a consistent playmaker throughout his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - Kendall Wright, who had a brilliant career at Baylor as a four-year starter, can't ignore all the pre-NFL draft chatter, even if he's not actively paying attention. Quiet and low-profile by nature, the wide receiver refuses to ride the emotional roller coaster, as analysts with an agenda and unnamed league sources play cloak and dagger leading up to tonight's much-anticipated first round. ??????I just try to tune it all out," Wright said Wednesday during a break in New York, where he was among the NFL's invited guests. "That's the way I usually am. ??????Most people don't know. It's just their opinion. Some people just try to take things and blow it out of proportion." On occasion, though, Wright hears some rumors from friends or family members. "They'll ask me and tell me,'' he said, "but, they don't really get into it, because they already know what's happening and what's real.''One NFC personnel executive said Wright is as talented as Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, except he's not as tall. But an NFC offensive coordinator said Wright is more explosive and versatile, capable of playing both inside and outside. Other pluses for Wright: he produced with the likes of Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and lesser quarterbacks; he outproduced Floyd and Blackmon last season, in terms of explosive plays and all-purpose yards, according to STATS, and he had fewer drops than the other two receivers. He also doesn't have character concerns. More than anything, Wright has been bothered by a report about his body fat being at 16 percent. Just last week, he said, one NFL club measured his body fat at 8.4 percent. - Sean Jensen, The Chicago Sun-Times

04/09/2012 - I think the 4.6-ish 40-yard dash times of Baylor wideout Kendall Wright from the Scouting Combine, which threatened his status as a top-five wide receiver in the draft, are starting to be put in some perspective. Scouts were surprised at the time because Wright played faster on film -- and teams are seeing that now upon further review. I've seen his times on the official combine sheet, and they're as low as 4.49 and 4.51 seconds, with an average of 4.54 seconds. Not blazing, but not tight end-like, either. From what I'm told, Wright is a legitimate high 4.4-second guy, and it shouldn't crush him on draft weekend. Wright's time is a classic example of overrating what you hear about red flags at the Combine. - Peter King, SI.com, Monday Morning QB

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor, 5-10, 196...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 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?? inches in 2008. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/04/2012 - The Browns missed a chance to draft one Baylor star but they might have a crack at another. Quarterback Robert Griffin will go No. 2 to the Redskins, but the Browns could look to receiver Kendall Wright with their No. 22 pick -- or higher if they trade back up in the round. Wright is one of the high profile draft prospects visiting the Browns today, a source said. Wright is an option for the Browns if they don't draft Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon at No. 4 or Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd if they trade back a few spots. Wright (5-10, 194) caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards last season with 14 touchdowns. He ran a 4.56 at the NFL Combine, but rebounded with a 4.44 at his Pro Day. - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

04/03/2012 - NFL DRAFT CONCERNS: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor: I worry about natural IQ levels less at wide receiver (and cornerback) than at any other positions so I don't worry that a poor showing in this test could push Wright (or Claiborne, for that matter) down the board. Like Brockers, Wright struggled with some multi-tiered questions at the Combine and didn't help his cause during interviews. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/27/2012 - The Texans attended Baylor's Pro Day to watch, among others, wide receiver Kendall Wright. He ran two 4.4s - an improvement from his 4.61 at the Combine. "I met with them (Texans) for a few minutes," Wright said. "They talked to me about my (pass) routes, what I did at Baylor and what they expect in the NFL. I think it would be cool if they draft me and I could stay in Texas." The Texans have the 26th pick in the first round. - The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - Baylor Pro Day: Wide receiver Kendall Wright ran disappointing 40-yard dash times (4.56, 4.61) at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but showed vast improvement on Wednesday, running a 4.41 and 4.46. He cited his "start" as the reason for the change, saying he worked on that aspect of the drill extensively over the past month. "All I was worried about was running a good 40 time because obviously everybody thought I ran a 4.6. I hadn't run one of those since like fifth grade," said Wright. "It was my start... I got uncomfortable when I was down there (at the Combine), I popped up on my first two starts. That's all I worked on when I got back was my 40 starts." Wright also looked good in passing drills, allowing only one pass intended for him to hit the ground. However, he quickly made up for that one drop with an acrobatic one-handed grab that created the loudest applause of the day. He caught passes with his hands, showing very good body control and footwork all morning. Wright even showed off his arm strength, throwing a 50-yard pass downfield to Griffin after the quarterback through a backwards pass to the receiver in the flat. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - One of the most eye-popping numbers from the NFL combine was (supposed?) speedster receiver Kendall Wright's head-turning 4.61 40 time. Wright earned his living running by defensive backs, and the time seemed inexplicable. At Baylor's pro day on Wednesday, he got another chance in the midst of Robert Griffin III mania, RG3's first public throwing session since a bowl win over Washington. "I wasn't really worried about my routes or catching, me and Robert always work at that," Wright said. "All I was worried about was running a good 40 time, because everybody thought I ran a 4.6. I haven't run one of those since fifth grade or something." Mission accomplished for Wright, who was officially clocked at a 4.46, though he'd been told by some it was as low as 4.4 or 4.41. Wright pointed to his start as the reason for his slow time at the combine in Indianapolis. "He wanted me to hold my stance for three seconds, and I didn't work on it like that," Wright said. "I got uncomfortable when I was down there and I popped up on my first two starts. That's all I worked on when I got back, was my 40 starts." Wright looked at tape and worked on starts with former receiver teammates Tevin Reese and Terrance Williams. "When I left the combine, I wasn't even thinking about 4.6," Wright said. "I was just thinking about running today at the pro day." - David Ubben, ESPN

02/26/2012 - Several of the more highly regarded wide receivers of the 2012 draft may see their stock slip after running signficantly slower than expected Sunday at the Scouting Combine. Baylor wideout Kendall Wright, who some regard as the draft's top talent at the position due to his ability to make the big play, clocked in at just 4.61 seconds, according to NFL.com. Wright had been projected to run in the 4.4s or better. Wright was far from the only highly regarded receiver to produce a disappointing time in the 40-yard dash, however. LSU's Rueben Randle (4.55), Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu (4.67) and Arkansas' Joe Adams (4.55) also could force scouts to go back to the tape after running slower than anticipated. These results come on the heels of a disappointing workout from NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated receiver, Oklahoma State junior Justin Blackmon. Blackmon elected not to run at the Combine citing a tight hamstring. He did perform in the positional drills, however, but appeared hesitant to run and cut with the aggression that characterized his spectacular career with the Cowboys. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 15. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor, 5-10, 190, 1...The four-year starter scorched college defenses with blink-quick moves and should slide into somebody's slot position in the NFL and become a nightmarish matchup for everybody's defense. Wright 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. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/04/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: Wright, Baylor's all-time leading receiver, also had a big game in the Alamo Bowl, reeling in 7 catches for 91 yards and a score. The second team All-American (AP) and first team All-Big 12 selection (AP,Coaches) set single-season school marks in 2011 in receptions (108), receiving yards (1,663), receiving touchdowns (14) and 100-yard receiving games (9). He also set or tied single-game school records in receptions (12 vs. TCU), receiving yards (208 vs. Oklahoma) and receiving touchdowns (3 vs. Kansas State). His 1,663 receiving yards ranked second most in the nation this season. For his career, Wright owns or shares 10 school receiving records, including receptions (302), receiving yards (4,004) and receiving touchdowns (30). He also owns a school record 19 career 100-yard receiving games and caught a pass in all 50 games of his career. - SeniorBowl.com

12/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Kendall Wright set a school record for all-purpose yards with his total of 1,657 broken down into 1,572 receiving, 46 rushing, and 39 returning punts. He has caught a pass in every one of his 49 collegiate games. He had 101 receptions, which is a career-like number. Wright recorded his ninth game of the season with at least 100 yards receiving with 166 yards on six catches against Texas. He has 19 such games in his career. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Kendall Wright, Baylor, Sr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. - Baylor football

09/23/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Kendall Wright has caught at least one pass in every game of his 39-game college career. The senior inside receiver is Baylor's all-time receptions leader (214) and leads in receiving yards (2,643). He is 2-for-2 passing this season, one for a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - Senior IR Kendall Wright has had a reception in all 39 games of his collegiate career. He had eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against S.F. Austin. The TD catch was his 19th, tying a school career record. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - TOP 10 MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: 9-Kendall Wright, Baylor, WR: Robert Griffin is Baylor's Heisman contender, but Wright is his go-to guy and quite a spark. The 5-10, 190-pounder who has the frame of a tailback and sports a 42-inch vertical, ate up Gary Patterson's TCU D in the opener for 12 catches and 189 yards and two TDs. The former Bears basketball player, a high school QB, also connected on 2-2 for 55 yards as a passer with one TD throw. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/03/2011 - Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left and Baylor averted a monumental collapse to pull out a 50-48 season-opening victory over 14th-ranked TCU on Friday night. TCU, which had won an FBS-best 25 consecutive regular-season games, overcome a 47-23 deficit in the fourth quarter when new starting quarterback Casey Pachall threw three touchdowns before the game's only turnover - a fumble by Bears quarterback Robert Griffin - set up a go-ahead 27-yard field goal by Ross Evans, who earlier missed twice from behind 40 yards. But Baylor, which hadn't beaten a ranked team since 2004, then went 60 yards in 11 plays, including Griffin's 15-yard catch from Kendall Wright on a third-and-10-to set up Jones. The Frogs had one more chance, but Pachall's last pass was intercepted by Mike Hicks and he ran the clock down to 2 seconds. - AP Sports

08/24/2011 - One thing that could ease the way for the Bears is the production they figure to get out their offense. With junior Robert Griffin III (635 yards rushing, 3,501 passing with a 67.0 completion percentage) and a wealth of wide receiving talent among the eight returning starters on offense, the Bears look to be able to move the football. The Bears do lose a 1,000-yard rusher in Jay Finley, and the status of one of the veteran receivers is in doubt. Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely in July. Briles' only comment was that the team is "going to move forward" without him. But even without Finley and possibly Gordon, the Bears will be a handful for opposing defensive coordinators. - The Sports Xchange

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kendall Wright, Baylor, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. The two-time All-Big 12 receiver and All-America candidate is Baylor's all-time receptions leader with 194 career catches and owns the single-season school mark with 78 grabs in 2010. The fourth-year starter enters 2011 with a 37-game reception streak (has caught a pass in every game of career), the nation's fourth-longest such streak. Wright shares the school mark with 10 career 100-yard reception games and has scored TDs by rushing and passing in addition to receiving. He is one of 11 Big 12 receivers on the 75-man watch list. - Baylor football

05/24/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Kendall Wright is the type of player every quarterback loves. That's because Wright doesn't mind going deep for the long ball, and he doesn't mind getting down and dirty and going across the middle to catch the tough passes. Last year, Wright set the Baylor single-season record for receptions with 78. Wright set the Baylor school record with 194 career catches last season as well. With another season to go, Wright has a chance to out the record far out of reach. - The Sports Xchange


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