With the NFL Draft less than a month away, has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tipped his hand?
By now most of you are familiar with Dez Bryant, the star wide receiver from Oklahoma State. The Star-Telegram recently wrote that Bryant may have validated himself as the “best receiver in the NFL Draft” during his most recent workouts.
Bryant is a homegrown talent who hails from Lufkin, Texas. As a senior he was a member of the Texas Football Super Team first-team and was All-state selection after recording 53 receptions for 1,207 yards with 21 touchdowns.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had some glowing remarks,
“He had a solid day. I don’t know how it will affect him, but he has terrific hands, catching ability, and I really think he looked best running his routes and making plays on the ball.”
KTRE Sports Director, Nick James, said the following:
“Dez looked explosive. He ran well, he caught the ball well and he looked like he was in shape.”
Jones and the rest of the Cowboys’ top brass will get their first up-close look at Bryant today and Thursday.
Yesterday, it was learned that Jerry Jones also plans to have dinner tonight with Bryant before a visit to Valley Ranch on Thursday.
The thing that interests me is why the sudden interest by the Cowboys in Bryant when everyone expects him to be long gone before the Cowboys select 27th in the draft?
With the emergence of Miles Austin and some great playmaking flashes from Kevin Ogletree, I didn’t see wide receiver as an area of deep concern for the Cowboys.
Although he was expected to be a definite top ten pick, Bryant could drop a little bit due to questions about his character, but definitely not as low as 27th. His stock has dropped simply because he was suspended for most of his senior season for lying about his involvement with Deion Sanders, yet another Cowboys connection.
Will the Cowboys make a push to trade up and select him on Draft Day? Who really knows, but it’s something worth keeping our eyes on.
Heck, he already owns an orange Cowboys jersey, how about a silver and blue one too?