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Five players who stand out in space

Updated: April 22, 2012, 10:49 AM ET
By Todd McShay

The fourth annual edition of my All-Satellite team has arrived, offering up the five players from the 2012 draft class who are most dangerous in space.

These players present all kinds of danger in the open field and each has the ability to burn a defense for a touchdown with the ball in his hands. Here's how they break down, with prospects listed in order of their overall draft grade.

Baylor WR Kendall Wright
(Grade: 90)

Wright (5-foot-10¼, 196 pounds) isn't the fastest of the group, but he's not as slow as his 4.61-second 40-yard dash from the NFL combine would indicate. He improved that time to the mid-4.4 range at his pro day, and that's the kind of playing speed he shows on tape.

What really jumps out about Wright, especially when comparing him to other receiver prospects is his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage and when turning upfield after the catch. He goes from 0 to 60 faster than anyone in the class. And once Wright gets the ball in his hands, he shows good natural instincts as a runner. You can't give him a crease because he knows how to exploit it. His long touchdown against Oklahoma is a prime example, with Wright cutting to the sideline after bringing the ball and knowing just how long to follow blockers before cutting back to the inside.

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