WR Jarius Wright: Scouting Report

Round 4: Pick 118

Jarius Wright
College: Arkansas
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5’9/182 lbs.
Highlights

Scouting Reports

Eric Galko
Optimum Scouting

Report Completed by Shae Cronin
Final Grade: 7.4/10

After three productive years in the nation’s toughest conference, Jarius Wright capped off his collegiate career with a brilliant senior season. Wright showed solid progression and development as a receiver, ultimately earning himself a repuation for being a precise route-runner with natural speed and quickness. Wright is best projected as a slot receiver at the next level, however his blazing speed is enough to break any play wide-open. Wright’s limited size will likely confine him to the inside receiver position, but he has the feel and instincts for the position. Wright is a reliable pas-catcher that is an absolute threat with the ball in his hands. Wright is an elusive receiver in all aspects of his game. He possesses a well-developed route tree and he can consistently find spaces in zone coverage. In the open field, Wright is a blur — with the quickness to make intial tacklers miss and the top-end speed to outrun NFL secondaries. Teams will like Wright’s versatility for both gimmick plays and special teams. Wright is capable of taking a reverse and breaking the edge for a big gain. He can also contribute as a punt and/or kick returner. The biggest concern regarding Wright is his size. Although there are a lot of NFL players in today’s game that defy the size-argument, Wright appears very light. He doesn’t anchor his frame well and he can be dominated at the line of scrimmage in jam situations. Depending on a team’s need at the slot position, Wright could go as high as the 30-45 range. His on-field versatility, route-running and off-the-field character project him to be a solid pro at the next level that string together a productive career.

 

Dane Brugler
CBSSports
NFLDraftScout.com

A four-year starter, Jarius Wright was a four-star WR recruit out of HS, choosing in-state Arkansas over Florida and Oklahoma. He contributed as a true freshman in 2008 (12 gp/7 st), recording 19 catches for 348 yds (18.3) and 2 TDs. Wright started all but one game in 2009 as a sophomore (13 gp/12 st), finishing with 41 catches for 681 yds (16.6) and 5 TDs. He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior (13 gp/13 st), recording 42 catches for 788 yds (18.8) and 5 TDs. Wright had his best season in 2011 as a senior (12 gp/12 st), finishing with a team-best 66 catches for an SEC-best 1,117 yds (16.9) and 12 TDs, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

STRENGTHS: Wright has very good initial burst to beat coverage at the LOS with the quick-twitch moves to redirect in any direction and create separation. He has a fluid body with very good flexibility to twist his frame and adjust his body mid-air to make tough catches. Wright is a balanced, savvy route runner with top field awareness, setting up and selling routes beautifully. He knows how to get open and recognizes soft spots in coverage, sitting down in space and finding ways to get open in the middle of the field. Wright has explosive footwork to plant and go with vision to elude defenders after the catch. He competes for every pass with reliable hands to make catches away from his frame and great hand/eye coordination to routinely come down with the reception – Mr. Reliable. Wright does most of his damage on underneath routes, but makes plays at all levels of the field with a natural feel for coverage and tracks the ball very well downfield. He is quick to accelerate and reach top-end speed with a sneaky second gear to get behind defenses. Wright plays with a scrappy attitude and fearless toughness over the middle to hold onto the ball after big hits – very confident in his abilities. He was extremely productive in college, leading the SEC in several receiving categories last season, and leaves with several game, single season and career school records, including catches (168) and receiving yards (2,934).

WEAKNESSES: Wright lacks ideal size and strength and is a smallish target with a lean, frail-looking frame – marginal bulk with little growth potential. He can be overmatched at the LOS when physical defenders get their hands on him and can be pushed around on the perimeter – struggles in press coverage and was knocked on his back more than a few times. Wright has smaller hands (8½”) and needs to look passes into his hands more consistently – gets excited about running after the catch and needs to secure the pass cleanly before taking off. He gets himself in trouble with body catches. Wright has limited experience on special teams with only 8 punt returns and an average of 5.9 yds in college. He has some durability concerns after missing time in 2011 with a knee strain. OVERALL: Wright had the most productive career for a receiver in Arkansas history, leaving with numerous receiving records, including receiving yards in a single game (vs. Texas A&M), which he achieved in one half! His lack of size and measureables are a red flag, but he was the best all-around receiver at a stacked position for the Razorbacks and was the QBs favorite target. Wright doesn’t look like much, but is instinctive with a great feel for the position and has very reliable hands, among the best in this year’s class – a Eddie Royal/Antonio Brown type of player who is best in the slot where he can manipulate the middle of the field, be effective at all levels and find ways to get open.

 

Josh Norris
Rotoworld

Arkansas all time leader in receptions. Mostly in slot, very good qks to eat cushion, + wiggle in routes with stop/start burst. Still learning to minimize steps on cuts but a good route runner in space. Shows + concentration on poor throws, catches tipped passes even along the sideline, doesn’t leave his feet though. Adjusts to throws by slowing down, even in contact. + field awareness. Other than speed, what does he do after the catch? Not a willing blocker, whiffs on crack-back. – toughness with ball in his hands.

 

My GRADE: B

Jarius Wright brings another dynamic to the return game while also providing insurance incase Percy Harvin was to get injured. Wright projected as a slot receiver but has the speed to be a threat on the outside with verticle routes. Spielman knows that this offense run through Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin so he was smart to find someone with similar skills as Percy and can be used in similar roles. Might have been more pressing needs at the time of the pick but by no means is it a bad pick. Still a wise choice by Spielman.

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3 Responses to “WR Jarius Wright: Scouting Report”

  1. Vikadan11 says:

    I like the fact he can move into the slot when the Vikings use Harvin out of the backfield ~ Great pick IMHO ~

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