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Dolphins doing due diligence on Dez Bryant

col_bryant_250.jpgMiami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has said that he doesn’t regard Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens as good fits.

As to rookie Dez Bryant, the jury is still out.

Bryant spent Thursday and Friday with in Miami, and a fan base desperate to see a high-end wideout join the team now must wait two weeks and five days to find out whether the Dolphins will take him.

The question?  Does the potential reward justify the potential risk?

“We have to be concerned with the other things that are out there, the
issues,” coach Tony Sparano recently said, according to Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post.  “We have to do our due
diligence that way.”

The problem is that, by all appearances, Bryant’s upside and downside are both uncertain at the next level.  As we pointed out recently, the first round has produced plenty of sure-fire pass-catchers who ended up flaming out of the league.  So no one knows whether a guy who generated 29 touchdowns in 28 college football games will be able to do the same thing when a grown man is in his face on every play, a la Dr. Death and Robin Williams in The Best of Times.

Ditto for Bryant’s off-field concerns.  He has never gotten in trouble with the law — but he has gotten in plenty of trouble with the law of college football’s landscape.  He also reportedly has shown up late for plenty of things, and he flatly has denied doing so.  The Dolphins have the resources to get to the truth, and if it turns out that Dez is fudging reality, the Dolphins should turn tail and run.

The fact that the Dolphins have brought Bryant in for a visit presumably is part of the process of getting to that truth.  Presumably, Sprano and/or G.M. Jeff Ireland and/or V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells entered the room with more ammo than a prosecutor and interrogated Bryant for what surely seemed to him like hours.  Based on his responses, the Dolphins likely will make a final decision as to whether they plan to use the No. 12 pick on Bryant — or whether they want to continue looking elsewhere for a guy who can command double coverage and in turn open up the rest of the offense.

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26 Responses to “Dolphins doing due diligence on Dez Bryant”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 3, 2010 9:01 AM

    I wouldn’t go anywhere near this guy, no way.

  2. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 3, 2010 9:02 AM

    I heard Jerry Jones also met with him. That means maybe a trade might happen if dez is still around at 12. Austin and dallas first pick for miami 12th pick to dez bryant.
    That would be trade that both Jone and parcells might think about

  3. FinManiac says: Apr 3, 2010 9:15 AM

    Being a huge Dolphins fan, my gut says stay away from this guy! Take Earl Thomas or Berry if available at 12 and address the WR need some other way. Patrick Turner needs to step up and provide us the value that his pick cost us.

  4. JP says: Apr 3, 2010 9:19 AM

    One never knows but…I have a bad feeling about Bryant.
    Maybe one way to put it is this: as a New England Patriots fan, I would be very happy to see Miami use their #12 pick on him.

  5. afogg0855 says: Apr 3, 2010 9:44 AM

    Are you retarded brutus? Austin and a first? Come on now…

  6. promichael says: Apr 3, 2010 9:50 AM

    Parcells hates to use early draft picks on wide receivers. They are divas and take time to be developed. Which could bring the Dolphins back to Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins have to face reality and get a number 1 first rate pass catching weapon. I’m a Parcells fan but getting a great receiver in the sixth or seventh round is
    not going to happen anymore. Current scouting
    methods are to extensive. The Dolphins may even be talking about obtaining Marshall. They are not going to let the press or anyone know their direction for a receiver.

  7. Nevisyakker says: Apr 3, 2010 9:51 AM

    Way to much risk for the 12th pick. He should get serious thought at about 20-25 but we are not talking about a Calvin Johnson type of physical specimen, and certainly not a guy with a rep as a solid teammate.
    Remember Mike Williams – USC? Big, physical, had his way with college DBs then couldn’t do a thing as a pro. Bryant is faster but I think there are similarities.
    The Lions could tell you a few things about using high picks on WRs with only 1 of 4 making it.

  8. Dolphin21 says: Apr 3, 2010 9:51 AM

    Ok guys first of all i am a huge Fin fan and Dez Bryant has my vote to be the #12 pick. The only player i would pass up on Dez for would be Eric Berry. No other player could make the type of impact that he would on our offense. Hes as good as ive ever seen going up and making the catch second only to Larry Fitzgerald. I say bring him in. I cant wait to see him put it to Darrelle Revis!

  9. Dolphin21 says: Apr 3, 2010 9:57 AM

    As for his character issues it aint his fault he grew up hard , most kids in my area do. Give him some structure with a good organization and he could do great things. I cant wait to go to Davie and watch him practice against Sean Smith, and Vontae.

  10. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Apr 3, 2010 10:17 AM

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 3, 2010 8:51 AM ET
    Presumably, Sprano and/or G.M. Jeff Ireland and/or V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells entered the room with more ammo than a prosecutor and interrogated Bryant for what surely seemed to him like hours.
    —————————————————
    Not many are aware of this, but Parcells in the past has used Priest’s in the in house visit process. Having the player in a sit down confessional with the Padre can often times be quite intimidating…and showing some good indicators of character.
    BTW – Nice Best of Times reference, Florio…enjoyed that one.

  11. Desides says: Apr 3, 2010 10:30 AM

    “He also reportedly has shown up late for plenty of things, and he flatly has denied doing so. The Dolphins have the resources to get to the truth, and if it turns out that Dez is fudging reality, the Dolphins should turn tail and run.”
    Um, Florio? Mike Mayock already confirmed with Bryant’s coach, Mike Gundy, that the only thing Bryant was ever late for was one meeting as a freshman.
    The only no-no that Bryant has ever done is lie to the NCAA, thus his suspension… for lying to the NCAA, not because they had proof he did anything else. How did they know Bryant lied? Because Bryant came clean shortly after lying in the first place. They also haven’t exactly doggedly pursued Bryant the way they have, say, Reggie Bush.
    One doesn’t need the Dolphins’ resources to get at the truth behind Dez Bryant.

  12. dakotah says: Apr 3, 2010 10:33 AM

    @BRUTUS9448 – Austin and dallas first pick for miami 12th pick to dez bryant.
    ________________________________
    you need to check the dosage on your meds.

  13. RavensFreak00 says: Apr 3, 2010 10:35 AM

    I thought Parcells was completely against drafting receivers in the first round.

  14. gregoriorossini says: Apr 3, 2010 11:13 AM

    Maybe Tuna can whip this guy into shape…
    but Dez is clearly a belligerent idiot so who knows

  15. Crowder911 says: Apr 3, 2010 11:17 AM

    Austin + Dallas first vs DEZ BRYANT looool
    lets do it, i bet Tuna will put a fruit basket and Florida Oranges on top of it….
    i really really hope that Jerry is that dumb.
    Miami that way could get Miles Austin + Sean Wheaterspoon

  16. Roll Tide NJ says: Apr 3, 2010 11:20 AM

    To Brutus 9448:
    That means maybe a trade might happen if dez is still around at 12. Austin and dallas first pick for miami 12th pick to dez bryant.That would be trade that both Jone and parcells might think about.
    Maybe the Cowboys will throw in Ware, Jenkins, Romo and Felix Jones too.
    Are you serious? In order for a trade to happen normally both sides have to benefit. How do the Cowboys benefit, they trade a #1 draft pick and a young Pro Bowl WR, For a guy who everyone has concerns about in Dez Bryant? Jerry Jones would have to be high on meth to make that deal.
    Next time think before you propose a trade.

  17. jetboy says: Apr 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    where there’s smoke there’s fire, as a JET fan I hope Miami picks him #12 he’s trouble.

  18. Xpensive Wino says: Apr 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    The kid just needs a strong, positive influence. He’s way more Randy Moss than he is Pacman Jones.

  19. lifelongphinfan says: Apr 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    as a long time fan i’m wanting to believe so bad that this guy could be the anwser but…. i guess i’ll just have to take the tri-fecta’s word for it if and when it happens.and in the mean time i can dream about dez demanding double coverage and ginn’s speed on the other side giving teams fits. and JP you only would be happy if we take him and it don’t work out because if it does work out that guy will be a major pain in the butt for the pats & any other team he plays aginst

  20. FireJerryJones says: Apr 3, 2010 11:55 AM

    No way Tuna takes a WR.
    Terry Glenn? Ginn?
    Main knock on Bryant is that he’s just not that bright. Ironic that Myron Rolle (Rhodes scholar) and Dez Bryant are in the same draft.

  21. FinFan says: Apr 3, 2010 12:02 PM

    Smokescreen!!! Jerry jones made it clear he wants him, miami shows strong interest in the only receiver in the first round as big as him, and jerry might trade up. Earl thomas woould be too early to pick at 12 from what i hear. However, our three obvious picks are safety, nose tackle and wr

  22. edgy1957 says: Apr 3, 2010 12:11 PM

    My best friend is an “old schooler” and he is at Oklahoma State and he will tell anyone who listens who he think is a punk and you know what – Dez Bryant IS NOT on his list. Even after Dez’s trouble with the NCAA, you couldn’t get him to say anything negative about the guy and how he would do in the NFL (Before you call him a homer, he’s got plenty of bad things about other Oklahoma State players). If I had a nickel for every college player that lied to the NCAA to protect their eligibility, I’d be Bill Gates. When Dez Bryant becomes the first person in history to do anything, I’ll be concerned about him but until then I’ll just evaluate him on his talent (Hell, Dan Marino plummted because of concerns about marijuana use. I bet that many of the teams that passed him over would have ignored that if they had realized that he was going to be as good as he was).

  23. Hap says: Apr 3, 2010 1:49 PM

    Brutus-wrong ! JJ’s looking for a LT now. I’d look for4 a MB trade and picks for an move UP the board on draft NIGHT.

  24. Gautam says: Apr 3, 2010 3:49 PM

    FireJerryJones says: April 3, 2010 11:55 AM
    No way Tuna takes a WR.
    Terry Glenn? Ginn?
    ————-
    He took Glenn only because of Robert Kraft.
    Ted Ginn Jr. – wow, go check up when Miami actually brought in Bill Parcells
    anybody following the NFL should know that his first pick as the Dolphins football czar was Jake Long

  25. FinFan says: Apr 4, 2010 9:05 AM

    FireJerryJones says: April 3, 2010 11:55 AM
    No way Tuna takes a WR.
    Terry Glenn? Ginn?

  26. overkil2 says: Apr 5, 2010 9:22 AM

    “Roll Tide NJ says:
    April 3, 2010 11:20 AM
    To Brutus 9448:
    That means maybe a trade might happen if dez is still around at 12. Austin and dallas first pick for miami 12th pick to dez bryant.That would be trade that both Jone and parcells might think about.
    Maybe the Cowboys will throw in Ware, Jenkins, Romo and Felix Jones too.
    Are you serious? In order for a trade to happen normally both sides have to benefit. How do the Cowboys benefit, they trade a #1 draft pick and a young Pro Bowl WR, For a guy who everyone has concerns about in Dez Bryant? Jerry Jones would have to be high on meth to make that deal.
    Next time think before you propose a trade.

    I have to agree with you, only an idiot would do that trade. All that being said, Herry Jones must have been on some type of drugs when he traded all those picks for Roy Williams, so it is not totally out of the realm of possibility. :)

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