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"Buyer beware" on Dez Bryant, too

Dez-Bryant.jpgBruce 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. 

Including games.

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.” 
  

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34 Responses to “"Buyer beware" on Dez Bryant, too”
  1. rodstiffington says: Mar 1, 2010 8:12 AM

    “And I personally believe that the likelihood that this planet of ours was created and populated with plants and animals by accident is even slimmer than the chances of dropping a bowl full of eggs, flour, and sugar and having it land as a five-tiered wedding cake.”
    From now on Florio, any and everything you say will be met with skepticism. Congrats!

  2. shaggeez says: Mar 1, 2010 8:16 AM

    im pretty sure last year all of you analysts said the same thing about percy harvin. how’d that work out

  3. Minuteman says: Mar 1, 2010 8:16 AM

    The usual Combine politics. Kill a guy so you can Draft him.

  4. Nevisyakker says: Mar 1, 2010 8:21 AM

    Sounds like a smaller, less talented, Plaxico Burress.
    That thought should keep any team but the Raiders from risking their first pick on him.

  5. Teek says: Mar 1, 2010 8:30 AM

    Don Shula is now spreading rumors that Bryant smokes pot.

  6. coz says: Mar 1, 2010 8:37 AM

    stay away from eugene parker’s clients

  7. jaxBill says: Mar 1, 2010 8:38 AM

    The inside source is making him sound like R.Jay Soward.

  8. KingJoe! says: Mar 1, 2010 8:39 AM

    Maybe this guy should sit down and talk about life outside the lines with Pacman.

  9. rubberneck says: Mar 1, 2010 8:47 AM

    Late for games? I doubt even Al Davis would take him in the first round. Well, maybe the second.

  10. RaiderRedleg says: Mar 1, 2010 8:50 AM

    shaggeez says:
    March 1, 2010 8:16 AM
    im pretty sure last year all of you analysts said the same thing about percy harvin. how’d that work out
    __________________________________
    WOW a WR with character issues?
    Agree with you 100% shaggeez…Randy Moss had A LOT of the same questions, but like Randy when Dez gets on the field he is a bonified playmaker. Probably won’t be as good a Percy Harvin, but will be a heck of a lot better pro than DHB and has value as returner also (like Harvin). He may not crack the top ten, but I doubt he will last beyond the Dolphins at 12 (they need playmakers for Chad Henne beyond Ted Ginn Jr.).

  11. last starfighter says: Mar 1, 2010 8:51 AM

    # shaggeez says: March 1, 2010 8:16 AM
    im pretty sure last year all of you analysts said the same thing about percy harvin. how’d that work out
    He’s only been in the league one season. Lets see if he can make it through his first contract without getting arrested before we come to any conclusions. A lot of the league screwups take a few years to get caught.

  12. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 1, 2010 8:53 AM

    He’s a kid, he’ll mature. Unless he’s Pacman Jones. Then he just gets progressively worse.

  13. Opie says: Mar 1, 2010 8:55 AM

    “……..and few people who publicly describe themselves a certain way are ever truly what they describe themselves to be)”
    One can only deduce that Florio is not an expert in all things NFL and, to a lesser extent, knowledgeable about athletics.
    Analist, maybe, but certainly no analyst…….cue the rim shot (no pun intended)!

  14. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 1, 2010 8:58 AM

    I will never take Dez Bryant in my fantasy league. He just seems like a dishonest person. Character issues are far more important than double digit TDs every year. I bet the Raiders Lions and Bills feel the same way.

  15. lionsfan54 says: Mar 1, 2010 8:58 AM

    Mike Williams Part 2?

  16. tv says: Mar 1, 2010 8:59 AM

    Huh, an immature WR diva!
    Gee, that IS unusual!
    Shaggeez – for every WR who is drafted high and actually does something on the field in their first 3 years, there are 25 more who are out of the league by then.
    Best bet with this position is draft in the middle rounds and try to sign established free agents that other teams have developed.
    If you draft a WR high you are playing Russian Roulette.

  17. milehiclown says: Mar 1, 2010 9:00 AM

    “[F]ew people who publicly describe themselves a certain way are ever truly what they describe themselves to be…”
    Paging Ladanian Tomlinson. LaTom: you want to announce AGAIN how classy you are? Florio’s callin’ you out.

  18. gopher says: Mar 1, 2010 9:01 AM

    I’m sure the kid has some issues but I think the same can be said about the people who write about his issues. I will admit I would not have to pay the guys who write about his issues and I’m surprised anybody pays them.

  19. GoCaps8 says: Mar 1, 2010 9:02 AM

    @RaiderRedleg: You aren’t seriously comparing Bryant to Randy Moss are you? Moss was Superman in cleats at Marshall. VERY few, if any, WRs to come out since Moss in ’98 would have grades as high based on talent alone. Maybe Fitzgerald.
    Dez Bryant sounds like a problem child, probably more similar to Antonio Bryant coming out of Pitt.

  20. pramis123 says: Mar 1, 2010 9:21 AM

    I am sure the Raiders can use another WR with an early first round pick (it would have been the Lions had Matt still been there).

  21. Youngone says: Mar 1, 2010 9:43 AM

    Well he hired Parker who helped crabtree holdout. Let’s see how this goes down

  22. RaiderRedleg says: Mar 1, 2010 9:50 AM

    GoCaps8 says:
    March 1, 2010 9:02 AM
    @RaiderRedleg: You aren’t seriously comparing Bryant to Randy Moss are you? Moss was Superman in cleats at Marshall. VERY few, if any, WRs to come out since Moss in ’98 would have grades as high based on talent alone. Maybe Fitzgerald.
    Dez Bryant sounds like a problem child, probably more similar to Antonio Bryant coming out of Pitt.
    __________________________________
    GoCaps8,
    Only comparison I was trying to draw between Moss and Bryant was that both had character issues coming out of college…Quite a few teams passed on Moss because of that…I think Dez Bryant will slide similarly (like Harvin last year) and that some team in the mid to late first round will grab him (like the Vikes did with BOTH Harvin and Moss).

  23. Football says: Mar 1, 2010 10:26 AM

    tv- you are absolutely right. If I was a GM I would NEVER draft a WR in the first round even if my roster was filled with scrubs with broken legs. For every 1st round stud their are 5 1st round picks that are flushed from the league in 3 years.

  24. Brewster says: Mar 1, 2010 10:28 AM

    Ralph Gre Nader says: March 1, 2010 8:58 AM
    I will never take Dez Bryant in my fantasy league. He just seems like a dishonest person. Character issues are far more important than double digit TDs every year. I bet the Raiders Lions and Bills feel the same way.
    __________________________________
    You must have one hell of a time fielding a winning fantasy team each week if you draft based solely on honesty & character as opposed to statistics.
    I don’t draft my fantasy players because they’re nice guys I draft for production. None of my leagues score points for being nice, just stats.

  25. FumbleNuts says: Mar 1, 2010 10:52 AM

    I would like to this fool land on the NY Giants.
    Let’s see if he would be late for anything on a Tom Coughlin coached team.

  26. dogma1 says: Mar 1, 2010 10:58 AM

    He has bust written all over him, he is all about the money.

  27. AutumnWind999 says: Mar 1, 2010 11:32 AM

    As long as this kid comes to play he’ll be the best WR to hit the league in years. Much better than Crabtree or anything from last year’s class. In terms of ability, he’s the next T.O. We’ll see if he’s like T.O. in other ways too.

  28. Dawgpound2009 says: Mar 1, 2010 11:47 AM

    Probably another Braylon Edwards waiting to happen. Hopefully Mancheesi, Heckert and Holmgren are smarter than that. A lot of mock drafts have Bryant going to Cleveland. Hopefully they have learned their lesson.

  29. bacon! says: Mar 1, 2010 12:11 PM

    Well then he’ll be drafted by the Bengals for sure.

  30. Reasonable says: Mar 1, 2010 12:24 PM

    AutumnWind999 says:
    March 1, 2010 11:32 AM
    As long as this kid comes to play he’ll be the best WR to hit the league in years. Much better than Crabtree or anything from last year’s class. In terms of ability, he’s the next T.O. We’ll see if he’s like T.O. in other ways too.
    ———————————————-
    Last year was one of the all time best WR classes ever. Crabtree, Maclin, Harvin, Britt, Nicks, Murphy, Wallace, Collie, Knox, Byrd, & Edellman are the highlights to a very brite wide out class. This years class will not come anywhere close to last years crop.

  31. leftyohio says: Mar 1, 2010 12:53 PM

    This years class will not come anywhere close to last years crop.
    How can you possibly say that? Bryant, Tate, D. Williams, LaFell, Alexander, Thomas, C. Mitchell, R. Cooper, Gilyard, Shipley, Benn, Ford, Barnes, Price and many others I’m forgetting.
    This class could end up being better. I have no better vision into the future than you, but I am willing to guarantee it will, at the very least, be somewhere close.

  32. Deb says: Mar 1, 2010 2:05 PM

    @coz …
    Rod Woodson was one of Eugene Parker’s clients. Pro Bowl punt/kick returner, All Pro cornerback, Pro Bowl safety, member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team, first ballot Hall of Famer.

  33. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 1, 2010 4:19 PM

    @Brewster
    You’re not very smart are you? I was making a Haha.

  34. polishkingski says: Mar 19, 2010 10:23 PM

    as my forth crown royal goes down it gets funny reading how different people give their opinion of these kids in the draft. how in the hell can guys say things like “the kids a nightmare” or “always shows up late”? first of all fat-ass mr sports writer as far as being an athelite you can never understand what these kids feel naturally. they know they are superior sports beings. can they act more respectfully to the process? yes. does it means that their going to fail? no. you can bet your ass if he fell to buffalo(after trading down) in the late first round i would be pissed if the bills didn`t take him.

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