Coming into the Combine, there was really no question that Baylor WR Kendall Wright was of the best receivers in this draft but after a poor 40 time, Wrights draft stock seems to be dropping.
Adam Caplan of the Sideline View points out that Wrights’ slow time had more to do with his poor stance, than his overall speed.
“Keep in mind he won’t be playing out of a track stance at the next level,” writes Caplan. “He’s the most explosive wide receiver in this draft and it’s not even close,” Caplan mentions. “...Any scouting staff that drops his draft grade significantly after one subpar workout should not keep their jobs.”
This is really a great point by Caplan. Wright has better game tape than any of the other receivers in this year’s draft and Caplan even compares him to the Panthers Steve Smith.
We continuously hear that a player needs to be evaluated by his on-the-field performance against quality opponents but so many were quick to downgrade him as soon as he posted a disappointing time in a track drill. This could be great news for NFL teams that are in need of help at wide receiver because he could end up being a steal in the later portion of first-round.