Draft Profile: Jarius Wright, WR, University of Arkansas

Jarius Wright catch

Above: Jarius Wright makes a catch that defines ridiculous.
(To see the entire plays full ridiculousness click on any of these words).

Height 5-10 I Weight 182 lbs
40 yard dash 4.42 I Vertical 48 inches I 3 Cone Drill 6.93

Stats at the University of Arkansas

Senior year- 66 catches for 1117 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011
Junior year- 42 catches for 821 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2010
Sophomore year- 41 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2009
Freshman year-19 catches for 348 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2008


Jarius Wright is the biggest steal in the draft. He plays like a black Wes Welker. Watch below as he amasses 13 catches for a jaw-dropping 281 yards against Texas A&M's zone defense.

The thing that impresses me the most is Wright's ability to find holes in the zone- this is why he is the black Wes Welker. Notice how he slows at the 1:56 mark- right in-between the safety and linebacker, leaving him wide open. Another benefit of his vision in the passing game, is that it allows him to use his topnotch speed in the open-field, and gain valuable yards after the catch. From a college wide-receiver, I don't think I have ever seen someone breakdown a zone so efficiently.


Watch his 103 yard, 2 TD performance against 1st-team All-SEC cornerback and future 1st round pick Stephon Gilmore and South Carolina and his 135 yards against Vanderbilt, and future second-round pick Casey Hayward.

At the 4:26 mark, we him slow down again waiting for his QB to recognize, then he jukes past the safety, and lets his world-class speed show off. His biggest downside, do to his size, is playing against press coverage, which he can improve on if he bulks up, although his potential is limited slightly, due to his size, however, this is why he is a slot receiver. The only other concern is that he can sometimes look up field before securing the catch, which leads to drops, and the ball getting dislodged before it hits the ground.

Why the Browns should draft him

The Browns desperately need a wide receiver, and using a 4th round pick for a player with blinding speed, and a very sophisticated understanding of zone coverage, all while playing in the vaunted SEC. His upside may be limited to a slot receiver and deep threat, but if the black Wes Welker, catches half as many passes as Welker, then he would produce more than Julio Jones, Vincent and Desean Jackson, and most importantly anyone on the Browns. Even if Justin Blackmon is drafted, we would have Blackmon be #1, Greg Little #2, and Wright in the slot- thats one of the best young trio of wideouts in the league.

Why the Browns shouldn't draft him

Because they already have drafted a ridiculous pass juggler in Justin Blackmon. Or because they don't like short wide receivers and just fell in love with Marvin McNutt's name. That just rolls off the tongue. Not as wonderful as Damarlo Belcher. Maybe they decide they want a deep threat to add instead.

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