Bruce Campbell isn’t the only guy who’s prompting league insiders to try to temper their potential infatuation with a possible first-round pick. But while Campbell’s negatives come from review of his game film, former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant’s suspension for lying to investigators is part of what Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports characterizes based on three unnamed sources as “consistently irresponsible” behavior.
Said one source of Bryant, who passed on all workouts at the Scouting Combine: “I wouldn’t draft that kid unless I had someone to wake him up in the
morning to get to meetings, someone to wake him up for practice and
someone to wake him up for games.” Another source backed up the contention that Bryant was “consistently late” for team activities.
But while the man who called himself a “great person” in an NFL Network interview (and few people who publicly describe themselves a certain way are ever truly what they describe themselves to be) has been characterized as more “goofy” than malicious, we continue to hear concerns regarding the truthfulness of his assertion that he didn’t know who agent Eugene Parker was during the time that Bryant was communicating with Deion Sanders.
It’s a contention that some league insiders find even harder to believe in light of the fact that the son of Parker’s partner, Roosevelt Barnes, was a teammate of Bryant’s at Oklahoma State. But, hey, maybe a room full of college athletes who hope to get paid to do something that doesn’t involve punching a clock would have no interest at all in knowing that the father of one of their teammates is a big-time agent who works with another big-time agent.
UPDATE: Responding to this item via Twitter, Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that “[t]he stories about him around combine should frighten teams.”