- Name: Kendall Wright
- Height: 5’10
- Weight: 188
- School: Baylor
- Year: Senior
- Draft Projection: Late 1st
This year’s wide receiver class offers a little bit of everything. It has jumbo targets, deep threats, and elite vertical weapons such as Baylor’s Kendall Wright. The smoothest wideout in this class, Wright has an explosive first step and is electric in the open field. Baylor’s offense limited his route tree; however, he shows the ability to find soft spots in the defense and routinely shakes defensive backs out of his breaks. Ignore his disappointing 40 time from the Combine; Wright plays fast and has elite acceleration. His long speed gives him the ability to burn defenses deep, and his agility offers versatility as he could be a terror in the slot as well. He tracks the ball very well and may have the best feet in this class; they’re quick and balanced.
There is, of course, a size concern. Wide receivers with his build aren’t commonplace in the NFL, though the concerns about size are quickly evaporating. His body composition is not ideal, as his weight isn’t carried in the right areas and he can look a little soft at times. He will also need to work on beating the jam at the line of scrimmage, as bigger cornerbacks could give him fits if he can’t smoothly transition into his route. If he can find open space, however, he could be deadly in an NFL that doesn’t allow its defensive backs to lightly tap receivers beyond five yards. With some subtle improvements he has a chance to wind up as the best receiver in this class when all is said and done.
Fantasy Impact…Wright’s a 1st round lock in rookie drafts and could potentially be the first receiver taken in many leagues. While he may never be a true fantasy stud, he should settle in as a long-term contributor, and as one of the more talented rookies in this year’s class, he is a potential top five pick and early contributor to fantasy franchises.