Bahn: Wright, Childs Continue Journey Together From Warren To Minnesota Vikings

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 12:45 pm  

Greg Chids and Jarius Wright were drafted in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings. The friends since elementary school have played on the same high school and college football teams. Now they'll be together in the pros. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Jarius Wright and Greg Childs met in elementary school. There they forged a friendship that continued throughout their playing days at Warren High School.

While enjoying standout careers with the Lumberjacks the two pledged to play in college together. They chose Arkansas and wound up playing key roles for one of the most explosive offenses in the country over four seasons with the Razorbacks.

Eventually, Childs and Wright knew they needed to prepare themselves for the end. It was inevitable that their time as teammates would be over, even as the friendship remained.

Well, not yet. They’re not broken up yet.

Both Wright and Childs were picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Minnesota Vikings. Wright went No. 118 to the Vikings and Childs was picked No. 134.

It was a dream they'd discussed, but figured was too unlikely to actually come true.

“We talked about this one day, what if we end up going to the same NFL team? It would be crazy,” Childs told Minnesota media. “We’ve been together through elementary school, middle school, junior high, high school, same college team, and now we are moving on in life and we still are going to the same team together.”

Together they combined for 5,003 yards and 39 touchdowns over their Razorbacks career. Each brings his own skills to the Vikings.

Minnesota gets a speedy (4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine), precise route runner in Wright. Childs provides them with a big-bodied vertical threat. Both have shown a willigness to block and Wright is also seen as a threat on special teams.

Wright had the better senior season of the two. He caught 66 passes for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns and finished as Arkansas' career leader in catches (168) and yards (2,934).

A strong pro day showing helped improve Childs’ standing entering the draft. He struggled as a senior while working to come back from a torn patella tendon and caught just 21 passes for 240 yards with 0 touchdowns.

Still, Childs has enough potential that teams were interested. He, like Wright, developed throughout their four years at Arkansas and their background with former coach Bobby Petrino helped improve their draft stock.

 

 

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