Oh, Dez Bryant. With nine days to go before the primetime 2010 NFL Draft, it’s still very difficult to see through the smoke screens and get a handle on where Bryant will land. Bryant is all over the board.
Bryant’s stock is allegedly slipping, with whispers that Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas could even be the first receiver off the board. But we say allegedly, because it’s very difficult to get a true sense of what teams are thinking. Bryant has as much risk-reward as any player in the draft. So much so, that analyst Mike Mayock says Bryant is “absolutely” a top-5 talent on tape whom he doesn’t think will go in the top 10 picks.
NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt, who has been doing this type of thing for a long time, told fans during his live chat Tuesday he could see Bryant being chosen anywhere from No. 15 to 35.
Pat Kirwan predicts Bryant could land with the Cowboys at No. 27. In his mock from last week, Charles Davis had him going one pick earlier to the Cardinals at No. 26. In his last mock, Bucky Brooks had the Broncos picking Bryant at No. 11.
One team that is doubtful to pick Bryant is the Jaguars, who have reportedly taken him off of their draft board, per the Florida-Times Union. Bryant’s visits include the Patriots (No. 22) last week, the 49ers on Tuesday (per the Santa Rosa Press Democrat) and the Broncos later this week, according to FOX 31 in Denver.
I’m told by a source, who confirmed the report Marshall will meet with the Broncos, that his draft position could hinge on the meeting with Josh McDaniels and what the Broncos do with their pick.
I’ve also floated the notion to better football minds that the Seahawks, at No. 14, represent a logical fit for Bryant given Pete Carroll’s history of working with college-aged athletes and people with troubled pasts. Teams are fully aware of Bryant’s talent and his off-field issues. It will only take one team to be convinced they can work with both.