Dez Bryant’s uneven performance at his private pro day workout could lead to a dramatic slide on draft day.
Bryant posted 40-yard dash times that ranged from 4.50 to 4.60 seconds on scouts’ watches, and he failed to finish a handful of shuttle drills designed to test his quickness. Though he recorded impressive measurements in the vertical (38 inches) and broad jump (11-foot-1), Bryant’s stamina and conditioning can be called into question after watching him labor through some of the drills at the latter part of the workout.
In looking at Bryant go through the position-specific portion of the workout, it’s apparent that he is a natural pass catcher with outstanding hands. He effortlessly plucks the ball out of the air and easily adjusts to errant throws slightly off target.
As a route runner, Bryant shows good balance and body control getting out of his breaks, but he was rusty and out of rhythm while running his routes. He repeatedly slipped and stumbled out of breaks and didn’t display the same crispness and polish that he exhibited in games last season.
Bryant failed to display the top form that earned him the designation as the top receiver in the 2010 draft class, so scouts and coaches will now go back and pour over his game tape to see if they missed any potential red flags in his play.
In addition, teams will continue to assess his character concerns to see if there is any carryover between his on-field struggles and reported off-field issues. Therefore, it is important for Bryant to do well in his private workouts and clear up any background questions that are lingering in the minds of evaluators.
I can’t help but think Bryant’s disappointing workout and character issues have likely sent his stock spiraling on several draft boards.
– Bucky Brooks