Minnesota Vikings 2012 Draft Overview: WR Jarius Wright & TE Rhett Ellison

By now, most people are familiar with the Minnesota Vikings first three picks in this year’s NFL Draft; Matt Kalil is the best offensive lineman, Harrison Smith is widely considered the second best safety, and cornerback Josh Robinson is the fastest guy in this year’s class.

Let’s take an overview look at two of the Vikings’ selections in round 4:

WR Jarius Wright (Arkansas- Round 4 – Pick No. 118 overall

Wright will bring speed and quickness to the Vikings receiver corps. Standing 5’10 and weighing 180 lbs, most draft analysts call him “undersized.”

During his senior season at Arkansas, Wright compiled 1117  yards, on 66 catches, with 12 touchdowns.

He figures to line up mostly in the slot, and use his 4.4 speed to create match up problems, while giving the Vikings a threat down the field. Analysts definitely aren’t knocking his ability to make plays at receiver, but they do have concerns about him as a blocker.

Wright figures to get playing time in 3 and 4 receiver sets next season, and some also consider him to be an option in the return game.

I like the addition of the speedy Wright. In today’s NFL, you can’t ever have enough speed. Wright should fit nicely into the Vikings’ offensive scheme, as he is close in style to Percy Harvin.

TE/FB Rhett Ellison (USC) - Round 4 – Pick No. 128 overall

Ellison is described as a “hybrid,” player who will play both tight end and fullback in the NFL. He stands 6’5 and weighs in at 251 lbs.

During his four year career at USC, Ellison caught 53 balls for 471 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Clearly the Vikings weren’t drafting him for his prolific play-making ability, but rather to help fill the void left by the now retired Jim Kleinsasser. Ellison is a prime candidate to be the new Kleinsasser for the Vikings, being able to play in the backfield and on the line, both as a receiver and blocker.

The analysts are very confident that he will catch about anything thrown his way, but knocked him for his speed (4.8/40), and inability to be effective down the field in the passing game.

Ellison basically seems like a guy you use in short yardage situations, and figures to be a good check-down guy for Minnesota in the future.

More draft analysis to come this week.

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