Wright had 13 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a game against Texas A&M last season and three catches for 88 yards and a score in Arkansas' victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl. He holds the school's career records for catches (168) and yards (2,934) and is second in school history with 24 touchdowns.
Listed at 5-foot-10, Wright is on the smaller side for a receiver. Much like Harvin, he relies more on quickness and 4.4-speed than size to be effective, which would seem to make him more a threat as a slot receiver than on the outside. But the Vikings did sign former Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson to provide some speed on the outside, and they have a boatload of picks the rest of the way to address that need as well.
It's the first of nine picks the Vikings have on the final day of the draft, including three in the fourth round. They were expected to be busy for most of the day, either making picks or using them in trades as they continue to rebuild a roster that went 3-13 last season.
The Vikings have finished last in their division for back-to-back years for the first time in the franchise's 50-year history. Last year's debacle prompted owners Zygi and Mark Wilf to elevate Rick Spielman to general manager and give the team a singular voice to chart the course of the rebuild.
In his first offseason running the show, Spielman took a cautious approach to free agency, signing second- and third-tier players to short deals to bolster the team's depth rather than make splashier moves to address the many holes in the starting lineups on both offense and defense. The strategy put a lot more pressure on this week to add difference-makers to a roster in flux.
They started the draft with plenty of ammunition and ambition, and it didn't take long for both to show up. They traded down one spot with Cleveland in the first round on Thursday - acquiring three more picks in the process - and took USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil with the fourth overall choice. They then traded their second-rounder and a fourth-rounder to move up to 29 and take Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.
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