Broncos coach McDaniels: Bryant is ‘on our board’

Earlier in the week, before the Broncos cut ties with Brandon Marshall, we learned their pre-draft meeting with Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant could have a large bearing on what the team does with the No. 11 overall draft pick. Since then, with Marshall’s exit, the thought that Bryant might call Denver home next week has increased.

And when Broncos coach Josh McDaniels held his pre-draft news conference Friday, he did nothing to dispel that idea.

McDaniels spoke glowingly about Bryant — and a number of other prospects who visited the Broncos, according to The Denver Post — during the session. But he was careful to draw a line between Bryant supposedly having off-the-field issues and simply making mistakes.

“I think you have to be careful with confusing character issues with some people that made some mistakes,” McDaniels said. “This guy has never been arrested, he’s never had a drinking issue, he’s never done anything that’s put him in that position. He’s made a few mistakes that he wishes he hadn’t made. But I think there’s a difference. We enjoyed our visit with him. He did everything we asked him to do and had a smile on his face. We enjoyed the entire visit, and he did well.”

McDaniels made clear what we’ve been thinking, that Bryant is an option. The coach even said that Bryant is “on our board.” But with just six days to go until the draft, we also have made it a habit not to buy into everything we hear.

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