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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Has Kendall Wright Slipped In The WR Hierarchy?

With the stretch run towards the NFL Draft starting to begin, it appears Baylor WR Kendall Wright may have fallen behind some of his competitors for the position of No. 2 WR behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

In the latest mock draft from SB Nation, written after the completion of most of the major Pro Days, Wright fell to the Houston Texans at No. 26, behind three other WR's:

26. Houston Texans, Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Andre Johnson cannot be expected to do it all alone. Wright gives this offense a second receiving option to pair with Johnson. He also make a nice complement, someone to work out of the slot with Johnson split out wide and the backfield threatening on every play.

Blackmon is projected to go No. 7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd going at No. 19 to the Chicago Bears and LSU WR Rueben Randle going at No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns.

Wright had a disappointing 40 time at the NFL Combine, but he made up for it with a 4.4 at Baylor's Pro Day. However, at only 5'10 190, he has far less margin for error than super-sized WR's like Floyd (6'3 220) and Randle (6'3 210).

However, the bright side of Wright's fall may be that he winds up in a far easier position to succeed, as playing opposite of Andre Johnson on a loaded Texans team that desperately needs a second option on the edge would give the Baylor star every opportunity to succeed.

More than any other position on the field, wide receivers depend on their teammates and coaching staff, and any of the WR's in the 2012 class, including Blackmon, will have a tough time playing with untested QB's and new coaching staffs in Jacksonville and Cleveland.

For the latest news and notes on the local Big 12 prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation Dallas' exclusive storystream, while Our Daily Bears has you covered for all the latest breaking news from Baylor.

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