Needing a young, field-stretching WR at some point in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Vikings went other directions in the first three rounds and chose to rely on the draft’s WR depth to address that need at a later point. The plan worked, as the Vikings choose former Arkansas WR Jarius Wright with their first of three 4th-round selections on Saturday.
Wright measures in a 5-8, 182 pounds and clocked an impressive 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash. He is an experienced and productive receiver, appearing in all 12 games and starting 7 times as a true freshman in 2008. In 2009 he started 12 of 13 games, in 2010 he started all 13 games and in 2011 he started 12 times, missing the first and only game of his career. Wright was a team captain at Arkansas and fumbled the ball just one time during his career.
“He is a great addition to our team,” Vikings WRs coach George Stewart told me just after the selection was made. “He was one of the most explosive players in the country.”
As a freshman, Wright had 19 receptions for 348 yards and 2 TDs. He followed that season up with campaigns of 41-681-5, 42-788-5 and 66-1,117-12. He was Arkansas’ leading receiver in 2011 and was also chosen as a First-Team All-SEC performer.
Wright isn’t the biggest receiver in the world and he might be best in the slot. Of course the Vikings have one of the best slot receivers in the NFL in Percy Harvin, but having Wright in the fold allows the Vikings to be more creative in how they deploy Harvin within the offense.
We’ll have more on this selection and the rest of the Vikings picks later, so stay tuned to vikings.com.
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