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Dez Bryant won't say whether he'll enter the draft

Oklahoma State Dez Bryant, a day after being suspended for the rest of 2009 for lying to the NCAA, won’t say whether he’ll give up his 2010 eligibility and enter the draft.

But he doesn’t have to.  Given the cash grab that underclassmen will be making in 2010 due to fears of a lockout or an NBA-style rookie wage scale in 2011 and his experiences with the entity that will be able to screw up his resumed college career in 2010, Bryant will be making the jump.

As a league source reminds us, even if Bryant says now that he plans to make the jump to the NFL, no agents are permitted to communicate with the underclassman until his team’s final regular-season game, the team’s conference title game, or
December 1, whichever is latest.

(In contrast, agents may communicate with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford now.  Even though he has one year of eligibility remaining, he is in his fourth year with the program.)

Meanwhile, yours truly invaded CFT last night to post a quick blurb regarding the NCAA’s motivations in suspending Bryant for the balance of the year.

Put simply, the NCAA has limited investigative powers, and no control over those who don’t fall within the scope of its jurisdiction.  So when someone within that jurisdiction doesn’t tell the truth, it becomes even harder for the NCAA to do its job.

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6 Responses to “Dez Bryant won't say whether he'll enter the draft”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Oct 29, 2009 7:18 AM

    Undrafted Free agent written all over him.
    You think good NFL teams want guys who don’t go to school or who have trouble telling the truth? The playbook is pretty thick in the NFL.

  2. patsSB44champs says: Oct 29, 2009 8:40 AM

    He should. He’ll probably be a top 5 pick.
    The NCAA gave him a raw deal because they have nothing better to do than make up the rules as they go. I assure you that if Dez played for USC, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, or Florida, we would not be having this conversation because the NCAA would have found new people to search and destroy.
    You know, like all the schools who get screwed out of a shot at the national title every year because of the Bogus Championship Series.

  3. patsSB44champs says: Oct 29, 2009 8:42 AM

    FireJerryJones says:
    October 29, 2009 7:18 AM
    Undrafted Free agent written all over him.
    You think good NFL teams want guys who don’t go to school or who have trouble telling the truth? The playbook is pretty thick in the NFL.
    As far as I know, the only thing Bryant is guilty of is meeting with Deion Sanders. What the hell is the matter with that?
    The NCAA continues its campaign to be the new Fascists.

  4. Krow says: Oct 29, 2009 9:41 AM

    Like Crabtree, he’s exploring his career options. Walmart… McDonald’s… med school… Harvard Law… or the NFL. I suspect he’ll end up picking the NFL. Just a wild guess on my part.

  5. Big Stretch says: Oct 29, 2009 11:23 AM

    NFL teams don’t give a shit about this, it has been proven time and time again that the bottom line when drafting or signing a player is ” can he help our team get better ”
    Crabtree acted like a complete douche before the draft and yet that didn’t scare off the 49ers, Percy Harvin tested positive and that didnt hurt him the examples of players who have done stupid/illegal things and still play in the NFL are plentiful, so if a team needs a WR and Bryant is the best guy out there I’m sure there won’t be a moments hesitation in calling his name and signing him up.

  6. Boyzfan94 says: Oct 29, 2009 12:06 PM

    “Undrafted Free agent written all over him.
    You think good NFL teams want guys who don’t go to school or who have trouble telling the truth? The playbook is pretty thick in the NFL.”
    What?? Your crazy…He is still going to be a top 10 or 15 pick.. your out of your mind if you dont think so…

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