NFL Draft Spotlight: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Dez Bryant brings a host of on-field accomplishments and talent with him to the NFL, but he also carries enough baggage to scare off some teams. Nevertheless, this 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver from Oklahoma State is arguably the best wideout in the 2010 draft class. His 2008 sophomore season was impressive: 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Quality size - can break free from a jam at the line
  • Strong, muscular build
  • Athletic: great in jump-ball situations - has very good hands
  • Vision in the open field
    Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
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  • Dynamic punt return specialist
  • Has a fair amount of upside and room for growth in his game
  • Tough to bring down 

Weaknesses

  • Speed - ran a 4.57 40-yard dash
  • Character concerns: Bryant lied about meeting with Deion Sanders and was suspended for most of the 2009 season. Since, Bryant twice pushed back his scheduled personal workout, causing people to further doubt his decision-making ability.
  • Sloppy route-runner: rounds his cuts and is slow out of breaks
  • Not an elusive runner - doesn't make many defenders miss
  • Not a great vertical threat
  • Inexperience

Expected draft placement

Expect Bryant to be the first receiver off the board, but we question if he'll ever become a true No. 1 NFL wide receiver without separation speed and skills. His recent head-scratchers may cause even more pause, so uncertainty has been building since the combine. With NFL coaching on his side, learning techniques to help make up for his lack of speed shouldn't be a problem. As long as Bryant shows contrition and tells the truth, NFL teams probably will overlook his 2009 mishap. Some teams will remove him from their boards entirely because of the red flags.

Teams possibly interested in him include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans. We think it's unrealistic for Bryant to go as high as No. 3 (Bucs), but he probably won't fall past the Arizona Cardinals (No. 26) should he slide in the first round. In all reality, if he's sitting there in the middle of the first round a team like the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans or San Francisco 49ers, to name a few, could trade out of their pick to accommodate a Bryant-loving team looking to move up. Bryant's draft stock is fluid at this time.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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