The Cowboys took no chances in the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, as they made a deal with the New England Patriots to move up to the #24 spot to grab the best wide out in the draft – OK State’s Dez Bryant. He missed most of his senior year in college due to a deal where he spoke to an alleged agent, but that’s over and the Cowboys now have a big name guy that can come in and make an impact.
Here’s Bryant’s scouting report from Draft Countdown:
Excellent size with long arms — Outstanding athlete — Plays fast with good acceleration and a burst — Soft hands and will make the difficult catch — Aggressive with terrific ball skills and body control — Fantastic leaping ability — Strong and Physical — Knows how to get open, separate and use his big frame — Great agility and balance and does not go down easy — Elusive runner with nice vision and instincts — Is tough and not afraid to go across the middle — Competitive — Above average blocker — Can also contribute as a return man — Productive.
Immature — Unreliable — Just average timed speed — Not a polished route runner — Lapses in focus and concentration — Must adjust to a pro style system — Intelligence may be an issue — Limited experience.
Started 19 games in three seasons with the Cowboys — A consensus All-American selection in 2008 — Named 1st Team All-Big 12 as a wide receiver and return man in 2008 — Honored as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008 — Averaged 19.6 yards with 3 touchdowns on 22 punt returns and 23.8 yards on 6 kick returns in college —Product of a very rough upbringing — Was a high school All-American but struggled in the classroom, in part due to a learning disability — Was ruled ineligible for most of the 2009 season after lying to NCAA investigators about his interactions with mentor Deion Sanders — Rare talent with the physical tools to be a gamebreaker at the next level but shaky intangibles could threaten his ability to fulfill that promise — Every bit as good of a prospect as Michael Crabtree was — Potentially a true #1 target in the NFL — Legitimate Top 10 Pick.