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New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

Welcome back to the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft profile series. Today we will have the pleasure of covering Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright.

As noted several times now, the Giants and Jerry Reese may be heading in to this year’s draft looking to replace Mario Manningham, or at the very least add competition.

If he were to select a player like Wright, it would definitely be under the replacement category. In fact, any play for Wright would likely require the Giants to move up in the first round.

Reese obviously covets players in the first round that will help his team’s passing game; in the first five first rounds Reese has picked, he’s gone with a defensive back, pass rusher or wide receiver.

Obviously this is a small sample size, but it does show a tendency, and at the very least shows how Reese rates first round talent. The Giants had Wright in for a visit last weekend, so there is some interest there.

Wright was one of the most explosive wide receivers in the country in 2011. As eventual No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin‘s main target, Wright pulled in 108 catches for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was on every major receiver award list by the season’s end, and has been a first round prospect ever since.

His stock took a bit of a hit with a surprising 4.6 40 at the Combine, but not only did he run a 4.41 at his Pro Day, but some scouts have said he was clocked wrong and actually ran a 4.49 at the Combine.

Although Wright is not impressive from a physical standpoint (5’10, 190 lbs), he possesses elite speed, great hands, and is a threat to go the distance on any play.

He has a quick first step, accelerates to top speed quickly and has good body control. He is fearless going across the middle and would be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses with the Giants already having two top 10 wide receivers.

What sets him apart from other receivers is his willingness to give effort on every play, including run blocking. He works hard, plays through injuries, and wants the ball. Though he may not be the biggest guy on the field, it would be foolish for the Giants to pass on a guy like Wright.

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