Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant has widely been regarded as the most talented receiver in the 2010 draft class, but he has seen his value dip significantly in recent weeks.
That’s why today’s private workout for NFL scouts and coaches in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, is so important.
Teams have growing concerns about his character, and their apprehension has resulted in Bryant falling to the bottom of the first round on several draft boards across the league.
Bryant, who missed 10 games in 2009 after being suspended by the NCAA for lying to an investigator, reportedly comes with a host of emotional baggage after growing up in a difficult situation, and scouts are worried about how that will impact his ability to focus on the field.
They are also starting to question his speed after watching his tape. Though most scouts estimate that Bryant will clock a 40 time in the mid-4.5 range, it will be interesting to see if he actually cracks 4.6. Although a receiver of Bryant’s stature is not expected to post a sizzling time, a slow clocking will lead to some questions about his big-play potential, despite evidence to the contrary on tape.
Bryant is still clinging to his spot at the top of the receiver chart, but he will need an impressive performance today, and a strong series of interviews on team visits, to secure a spot in the middle of the first round.
– Bucky Brooks
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is in Lufkin today and will bring you reports throughout the day in his blog and on the network’s Path to the Draft show (6:30 p.m. ET).