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March 21, 2012

Baylor WR Kendall Wright runs fast after slow start at the combine

That wasn't Kendall Wright at the combine. Not the Kendall Wright who averaged 15.4 yards per catch last season.

Wright ran a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"I hadn’t run one of those since like the fifth grade," Wright said.

The Baylor receiver got off to a slow start for a reason.

"He wanted me to hold my stance for three seconds, and I didn’t work on it like that," Wright said. "I got uncomfortable when I was down there. I popped up on my first two starts. That’s all I worked on when I got back was my 40 starts."

On Wednesday, Wright ran like the Wright who set Baylor’s single-season receiving records last season with 108 catches for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. Though scouts insist they weren't concerned about Wright's 40 time, he set the record straight by running a 4.46 and then a 4.43 in his two 40-yard dashes at Baylor's Pro Day.

"That’s more like it," Wright said. "A 4.6? That’s unbelievable. When I left the combine, I wasn’t even thinking about a 4.6. All I was thinking about was running here at the Pro Day."

He will be as fast on draft day. He will go in the first round, likely the first 20 picks.

Wright has drawn interest from the Bears, among others. He had dinner with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and receivers coach Darryl Drake on Tuesday night in Waco. Wright has a visit to Chicago on April 2-3, he said.

He already has visited Carolina and has at least three others scheduled.

Wright's speed no longer is an issue, if it ever was, for NFL teams.

"I play as fast as anybody out there," Wright said.

-- Charean Williams



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With no viable third receiver on the Cowboys behind Dez and Austin..if Wright is on the board when Jerry is on the clock..Jerry may be inclined to trade down a couple of spots and take Wright. I'd be OK with that scenario even though we do need defensive line help in the draft.

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