Former Razorback Jarius Wright Selected In Fourth Round By Minnesota Vikings

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, Apr. 28, 2012 12:26 pm  

Jarius Wright was picked in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Former Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright was the 118th pick of the NFL Draft, going to the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round.

Wright was the third Razorback picked in the draft, following defensive end Jake Bequette (New England Patriots) and receiver Joe Adams (Carolina Panthers). Wright said his familiar with the Vikings.

"I know a lot about the team, and what I’m coming to," Wright said. "I watched the Vikings, Percy Harvin has always been one of my favorite receivers and one of the guys I looked up to in my career."

Minnesota gets a speedy (4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine), precise route runner who caught 66 passes for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“He is a great addition to our team,” Vikings receivers coach George Stewart told “He was one of the most explosive players in the country.”

Wright is the all-time leader in catches (168) and yards (2,934) in Arkansas history and ranks No. 2 in the record books with 24 touchdowns. He was the Razorbacks' leading receiver in 2011.

“Jarius was an exceptional leader for our team and set an example of how to come to work every day,” Arkansas wide receivers coach Chris Klenakis said. “His production on the field was a direct result of all the hard work he put in over his four years at Arkansas, and I couldn’t be happier for him. He enjoyed a great senior season that showed his talent to the entire country. With his skills, abilities and work ethic, I am confident he can be successful at the next level.”

Former Razorback tackle Demarcus Love was a sixth round pick of the Vikings last season. will update this post.



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