It’s interesting to note that the Minnesota Vikings drafted two wide receivers from the same school in the 4th round of this weekend’s NFL Draft (16 picks apart) in former Arkansas Razorbacks’ Jarius Wright and Greg Childs. What you might not know is that these two have been playing together since elementary school.
Amazingly, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, both from a small town of 6,000 played together as kids, at Warren High School, at the University of Arkansas and now the Minnesota Vikings. The two athletes figured their run of staying together was over. When Wright’s name was called with the 23rd pick of the 4th round, the two friends never imagined Greg Child’s name would be called just 16 picks later by the same team. Incredible.
Childs was considered a major NFL prospect prior to tearing his patella tendon and having an average senior year. Despite not having the breakaway speed, Childs is considering viable in the NFL with his size and body control. He is 6’3 and weighs 219 lbs.
Wright was the go-to guy for quarterback Tyler Wilson in the 2011 season putting up over 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s the opposite of Childs, much more of a speedster with a smaller body. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine (official Combine times are always slower than school reported times). With his speed and quickness, you might see Wright on kick returns as well.
Arkansas fans might want to print out a copy of the 2012 Vikings schedule to get a chance at watching these two at the next level.