Minnesota Vikings Draft Grades: Grading the Selection of WR Jarius Wright

Matt OlsonContributor IIIApril 28, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks makes a touchdown pass reception against the Texas A&M Aggies at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Most fans were expecting the Vikings to address their deficiency at the receiver position early in the draft. However, the team elected to wait until the middle of the fourth round before making its move.

In drafting Jarius Wright, the Vikings addressed not only wide receiver, but also may have found a punt returner to replace the pedestrian Marcus Sherels.

Wright showed blazing speed on film and confirmed it at the combine by running a 4.42 40 and posting an impressive 39" vertical leap.

The prolific former Razorback is not restricted to slot duty despite his size at 5'10", 182 lbs. Best case scenario he becomes a player very similar to Carolina's Steve Smith.

Worst case he becomes a decent No. 3 option for quarterback Christian Ponder and a solid punt returner.

Although I would have liked to see the Vikings select a receiver earlier in the draft such as Chris Givens, Rueben Randle or Mohamed Sanu, Wright is a very intriguing prospect with a lot of upside.

He runs crisp routes and plays like a receiver who is 6'2", not 5'10". Wright has been a consistent performer throughout his college career and left Arkansas as the school's all-time leading receiver in yards and receptions.

He will join another former Razorback in Greg Childs as a Vikings receivers. Wright and Childs have been starting next to each other since their sophomore year in high school.

Overall I like this pick a lot. Wright can play inside and outside for the Vikings and will be a great developmental player for the coaches to mold.

His biggest obstacle in the pros will be learning how to get off jams from bigger corners at the line of scrimmage.

Fans can expect Wright to approach 30 catches and 400 yards in 2012 with the Vikings.