Entering the 2012 NFL Draft, wide receiver wasn’t on the list of the top three needs for the Tennessee Titans.
But that didn’t stop the team from making a surprise selection again this April and taking the star receiver out of Baylor.
Kendall Wright saw steady growth in his four-year college career at Baylor.
“When he gets the ball in his hands, he’s special,” Mike Mayock stated in NFL Network’s live broadcast after the team made its surprise selection. Mayock added that he “also has potential as a return specialist.”
In his senior season, Wright chalked up 108 catches for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became a weapon of mass destruction on the outside, in the slot and might have been just as lethal on special teams.
“[He's] hard to cover, hard to tackle—throw him a bubble screen or reverse—you name it—find a way to get the ball in his hands and he scores points,” Steve Mariucci added about the 5-11, 190-pound playmaker.
Wright shares or owns 10 school receiving records at the University of Baylor.
Last season, the Titans finished 12th in passing on offense, averaging 245.2 yards per game.
Lavelle Hawkins chalked up 47 receptions for 470 yards and a score and Nate Washington registered 74 receptions for 1,203 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Both pass-catches come off career-high campaigns.
Damian Williams also experienced somewhat of a breakout second season, reeling in 45 catches for 592 yards and five scores. Kenny Britt, on the other hand, caught just 17 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns after suffering a season-ending injury after the first three weeks of the regular season.
Britt, 23, racked up 42 receptions and over 700 yards in each of his first two years in the league (2009 and 2010). Jared Cook is also a strong weapon in the aerial attack.
Look for Wright to make an immediate impact and earn a starting spot in the first few weeks of his rookie campaign, if not right out of the gate. He’s got colossal potential at the next level.
Matt Hasselbeck and/or Jake Locker should be feeling like a fat kid in a candy store pretty soon.