Baylor's Kendall Wright turned heads for the wrong reasons at last week's NFL Combine, but our scout Kevin Weidl put together his list of players whose game tapes tell enough of the story.
For Wright, that's the case. His impressive 1,662 yards and playmaking ability will outweigh one poor 40-yard dash time (4.61) last week in Indianapolis.
Wright (5-foot-10¼, 196 pounds) entered combine week as a first-round prospect, and he remains there despite posting a disappointing time of 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Scouts are still comfortable with what Wright brings to the table, because on tape he shows good explosiveness off the line and the ability to quickly eat up a defender's cushion, the body control to drop his weight and stop on a dime, and enough speed to stretch the field.
In looking for a recent comparison for Wright, I keep coming back to Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, who is essentially the same size as Wright and ran a 4.57 coming out of Central Michigan in 2010. Brown has become a solid deep threat for the Steelers, and Wright could be the same for the team the drafts him. Those likely to be interested in the first round include the Chicago Bears (No. 19 overall), Cleveland Browns (No. 22), Houston Texans (No. 26), San Francisco 49ers (No. 30) and New England Patriots.
Like Weidl, I think Wright will be productive, and should prove to be a deep threat.
That said, it's hard to believe he hasn't been told that 40 time needs to be improved at Baylor's pro day later this month. If it does, it'll be even more difficult for those teams in the first round to pass up a college star like Wright who helped his quarterback win the Heisman.