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More than 10 teams have taken Dez Bryant off their draft boards

As former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant generates an increasing amount of interest in the days leading up to the draft, a league source tells us that more than 10 teams have removed Bryant from their draft boards.

One such team, we’re told, is the Seahawks.  The Browns and the Jaguars reportedly have removed him from their boards, too.

Per the source, the concern is that, once he gets paid, it’s unknown whether he’ll show up for work on a consistent basis.  Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported several weeks ago that Bryant was late for multiple practices, and even games.

Of course, one way around this concern would be to insist upon inclusion of the same “diva clause” into Bryant’s contract that the 49ers placed into receiver Michael Crabtree’s deal, which hinges $15 million in escalators to participation in 90 percent of all activities, voluntary and mandatory.  It would be hard for Bryant’s agent to balk at such a move.  After all, he’s the same agent who agreed to the inclusion of that term in Crabtree’s contract.

And as to those team who don’t plan to consider drafting Bryant?  The reality is that 31 teams can take him off their draft boards — and he can still be a first-round pick.

As Peter King of SI.com told us tonight, Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz was removed from the draft boards of more than 10 teams; 14, to be exact.  And yet the knee injury that caused half the league to run in the other direction didn’t keep him from becoming one of the best offensive linemen of all time.

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  1. milehiclown says: Apr 13, 2010 9:16 PM

    The Broncos’ll draft him.

  2. Smitty Gill says: Apr 13, 2010 9:17 PM

    The dude must have an attitude problem…………………………Sit out a year fool

  3. Oakfan23 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:17 PM

    This sounds very similar to Randy Moss, how did that work out for the 20 something teams who passed on him

  4. Milton Berles Man Piece says: Apr 13, 2010 9:18 PM

    Remember all those teams who took Percy Harvin off their draft boards? Smart fellas…

  5. juniorlas says: Apr 13, 2010 9:19 PM

    It would be great to actually see the team’s draft boards after the draft to see who’s full of it. This way you can actually see who “lucked” into picks. Would never happen because GMs would not be able to deny anything anymore but it would make for a great read. Hell, the teams could charge for it and idiots like me would pay to see them.

  6. BigBear123 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:19 PM

    The reality is that 31 teams can take him off their draft boards — and he can still be a first-round pick.
    ————-
    Bears don’t have a first round pick so your logic is flawed.
    Isn’t Crabtree having issues with participation escalators already for offseason workouts?
    Know I read here he didn’t show up first two days.

  7. Politely Stoned says: Apr 13, 2010 9:22 PM

    I think if a team such as Pittsburgh, Miami or whoever needs a WR then they’d be crazy to pass him up. I know he hasn’t played a down in the league but he reminds me of Michael Irvin and I just thin he is going to be talent in the NFL. Very excited for the draft, can’t wait to see how it all shakes out. The 75 NFL Draft is certainly going to be one of the most memorable.

  8. this class sucks says: Apr 13, 2010 9:23 PM

    “And as to those team who don’t plan to consider drafting Bryant? The reality is that 31 teams can take him off their draft boards — and he can still be a first-round pick.”
    Might want to check your math on that one. I could be wrong but I believe that if the 49ers, or the Seahawks take him off their boards than thats 4 picks in the first round in which he wont be picked. So if 31 teams take him off their board than there is a good chance that he is indeed not a first round pick.
    All that said he still will probably be a first round pick because he is talented. Look at Crabtree (not that he was that good in college), he was a supposed “diva” but still had great numbers his first year, and even better the 49ers have a great contract with him.

  9. Gautam says: Apr 13, 2010 9:25 PM

    teams did the same with Randy Moss … what do they say about it now lol

  10. TheBengal13 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:25 PM

    Guaranteed that Dez is still on the Bengals’ board. And speaking of the Bengals and Anthony Munoz, he was the best O-Lineman of all time. Not “one of the best”.

  11. BigBear123 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:28 PM

    Crabtree already is playing with fire on his “diva clause
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2010
    The contract that Michael Crabtree ultimately signed with the 49ers ties millions in base-salary escalators to at least 90 percent participation in all activities — mandatory and voluntary. The provision has come to be known as a “diva clause.”
    And so with voluntary offseason workouts launching on Monday, the reformed diva was there 30 minutes early for Day One, right?
    Well, no.
    Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Crabtree missed Monday and Tuesday, before showing up on Wednesday.
    Though each Friday is set aside as a make-up day, Crabtree at best will be at 75 percent for the first week of his first set of offseason workouts.

  12. mookieburns13 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:28 PM

    I didn’t realize this was dezbryanttalk.com…I mean who gives a sh*t….too bad for Bryant Millen isn’t a GM anymore though

  13. Drat says: Apr 13, 2010 9:28 PM

    Prima donna WRs have become routine. And team management is getting sick of them. For good reason (list your own favorite half dozen here.)
    Why would a normal person work to cut their torsos to an extreme degree like we have unfortunately seen in Dez? And then why would he work out without a shirt? Bizarre, i think. Very bizarre. What is he really selling? Not his abilities as a wide receiver. Something else.
    Every NFL team is asking: what else?
    Long live Torry Holt.

  14. GaryClark says: Apr 13, 2010 9:30 PM

    Dez…Come and play for the Skins…Half our team did not show up last year and they got paid. I trust you can do better than El

  15. robert ethan says: Apr 13, 2010 9:35 PM

    10 teams is a lot. For starters, teams that have no interest in using a top pick on a WR are probably not going to be looking closely at Bryant one way or the other. They will fill their needs and if the guy happens to be sitting there in the fourth round or something, well, why not? So the likelyhood is that the teams who were looking at using a first or second on Bryant checked him carefully and decided he was untouchable. There would not have been much more than 10 teams in that position. Maybe 15 at most.

  16. hotboy561 says: Apr 13, 2010 9:37 PM

    The dolphin will take him ……….

  17. Brandon Folsom says: Apr 13, 2010 9:39 PM

    Injury concerns vs. Diva concerns is an apples and oranges conversation.

  18. VegasBronco says: Apr 13, 2010 9:51 PM

    @milehighclown…yes you are!

  19. whatev says: Apr 13, 2010 9:59 PM

    Right because every NFL team is totally super honest and upfront right now about their draft plans….please.

  20. MasterShake says: Apr 13, 2010 10:01 PM

    For those that mentioned Randy Moss and Percy Harvin…………..How many SB’s did the other 20 teams win compared to the team that took the chance on them?
    FI’s

  21. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Apr 13, 2010 10:10 PM

    Hawks are getting Marshall anyway…why would we want any more trouble.

  22. AutumnWind999 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:15 PM

    I still think Dez Bryant is the best WR prospect to come out since Andre Johnson. In terms of his play: very T.O.esque. The questions are: 1) Will he work as hard as T.O.? and 2) Will he be as much of a pain as T.O.?

  23. last starfighter says: Apr 13, 2010 10:22 PM

    “This sounds very similar to Randy Moss, how did that work out for the 20 something teams who passed on him”
    It also sounds similar to one Shaun Rodgers

  24. bullheel says: Apr 13, 2010 10:25 PM

    If you are going to say “10” teams, why not list them? I love me some rumors.

  25. DaveP says: Apr 13, 2010 10:26 PM

    If he drops to #27 will Jerry Jones pass on him like he did Moss ?

  26. RCT930 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:28 PM

    The Donks probably are posturing to convince someone to trade up with Jacksonville to take Bryant. That increases their chances of getting the player they really want: Rolando McClain.

  27. Stone says: Apr 13, 2010 10:28 PM

    How do you compare a knee injury to a diva condition? Peter King is a douche. I take back anything nice I said about him after he donated the red sox tickets to your nephew’s auction. Why doesn’t the jackass compare him to the amount of teams that took Randy Moss off their draft boards and how he is going to the HOF? Come on, seriously.

  28. Thor says: Apr 13, 2010 10:29 PM

    same thing with Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, etc. Probably Willis McGahee and Frank Gore as well. Dez Bryant is just dumber than a brick. That doesn’t make him any different that most NFL WRs. I mean, Chris Henry (RIP) jumped from a moving truck.

  29. jimmy_b says: Apr 13, 2010 10:29 PM

    I wonder how many teams removed Maurice Clarett from their draft boards a few years back.

  30. BrownsClown says: Apr 13, 2010 10:30 PM

    The Jets should draft him. Holmes will probably be in jail by next season and Brayon-well you know “hands of stone, head of steel”-will be Braylon.

  31. dlmcc0909 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:31 PM

    Anyone dumb enough to get involved with Deion Sanders and Eugene Parker definitely has character concerns. Teams may take a chance on him in the first round because he is talented but I think its a bad idea. for every Randy Moss, theres at least ten guys like Mike Williams and Michael Westbrook. Its not worth it to take guys with character concerns.

  32. Mean D says: Apr 13, 2010 10:33 PM

    Bucs won’t touch him. Radio probably doesn’t even know who he is.

  33. Raider Pride says: Apr 13, 2010 10:38 PM

    I am surprised only (10) have taken him off their (First Round Board) which I think is what Florio was pointing out, but did not define it.
    It is not that difficult people.
    Allow me to share “The Five Keys To Success.” in life.
    It does not matter if you are an employee in the park in ride at LAX, or a taxi cab driver, or a legal secretary, or a sales manager, a CEO, or an NFL Player.
    Number One- Show Up.
    Number Two- Show Up On Time.
    Number Three- Work A Full Day.
    Number Four- Do The Best You Can Do.
    Number Five- At The End Of That Day Ask What You Could Have Done Better.
    It is not rocket science.
    No wonder 10 teams have taken him off the first round board.

  34. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 13, 2010 10:39 PM

    Milehiclown: With all the crap they are currently going through with Marshall, I’m sure they won’t invest another draft pick into another diva WR.
    Smitty Gill: He already sat out a year. He was suspended last year.
    There is no way this guy makes it past the Bengals…if he falls that far, which I doubt.

  35. BHindEnemyLines says: Apr 13, 2010 10:40 PM

    Gary Clark,
    LMFAO!!!!
    But 100% true.

  36. DoughBoyRAC says: Apr 13, 2010 10:45 PM

    Yeah, Milton:
    Percy “Migrane” Harvin, you mean? He’s not through losing stock yet!
    Gators are losers; Roll Tide!

  37. GoBears84 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:59 PM

    I hope Dez is a future first ballot hall of famer, all of this unjustified negative critism of his persona, yet nothing ever done to merit such attention. I hope somebody gets him just after the other 3 teams in the division pass on him and he whoops their ass twice a year for a decade. I have faith in the kid and he looks pretty solid, but nobody obviously can tell either way. But my guess Denver will get him no problem.

  38. C_Munk says: Apr 13, 2010 11:04 PM

    Oakfan23 says:
    April 13, 2010 9:17 PM
    This sounds very similar to Randy Moss, how did that work out for the 20 something teams who passed on him
    Yeah thats because he had a guy named Cris Carter to mentor him. He needs to go to a team that has that guy to mentor him.

  39. east96street says: Apr 13, 2010 11:25 PM

    Florio writes column after column about how GMs are always bluffing about the draft, misinformation is rampant, etc., etc. Then he writes a column like this and expects us to take it as gospel. Can’t have both ways, Mike. As for 10 teams, yeah, I imagine ten teams have far more pressing needs than a WR or are picking so high (Rams, Detroit, Tampa Bay) they would be out of their mind to go WR in this draft. I can’t imagine he was ever on the Giants, Philly, San Diego, or the Jets radar because they have the WRs they want (or overpaid for) and have needs elsewhere. There’s seven teams right there. Can’t imagine San Fran or Oakland would want to go WR in the first round again. There’s nine. Dallas has the Roy Williams contract to deal with and needs to fill Flozell shoes. Ten.

  40. Bucket says: Apr 13, 2010 11:25 PM

    Randy Moss?!! Better think that one through!!! … How can people say things like “look at randy Moss”. Do you think The Raiders are going to draft Bryant based on how great Randy Moss worked out for them??? … Randy Moss comparison to say that teams shouldn’t pass on him makes no sense!!! Randy is on his third team now b/c of attitude problems. So a team should draft Bryant so that two teams later he can be good????

  41. BucMadness says: Apr 13, 2010 11:36 PM

    If he falls to the 35th pick, the Bucs better take him or trade for BM… pretty much the same guy.

  42. steeelfann says: Apr 13, 2010 11:41 PM

    Look, I don’t know how many of you on here actually, like played, sports, maybe you played the trumpet, however, you cannot compare to Dez Bryant to Randy Moss EVER. Randy Moss is a sick athlete, i.e., he destroys whatever dream Bryant could wish for.
    You are comparing a 4.3, maybe 4.28 40yd guy to a 4.55 athlete. Moss is a once in a generation so just stop it. Pretty please. Getting embarrassing.

  43. steeelfann says: Apr 13, 2010 11:44 PM

    Oh yea, Moss didn’t need any damn mentoring either. Moss happens to be one of the smartest players at his position. Here is the difference: Randy can act like a fool here and there, but he knows what he can do what he can’t. He has more athletic ability than any receiver and he combines that with smarts. Sure he acts up, mostly when he was young. I’d guess half the time it was due to boredom.
    Boredom will not be a problem in Bryant’s life.

  44. JP420 says: Apr 13, 2010 11:49 PM

    Raider Pride says:
    April 13, 2010 10:38 PM
    I am surprised only (10) have taken him off their (First Round Board) which I think is what Florio was pointing out, but did not define it.
    It is not that difficult people.
    Allow me to share “The Five Keys To Success.” in life.
    It does not matter if you are an employee in the park in ride at LAX, or a taxi cab driver, or a legal secretary, or a sales manager, a CEO, or an NFL Player.
    Number One- Show Up.
    Number Two- Show Up On Time.
    Number Three- Work A Full Day.
    Number Four- Do The Best You Can Do.
    Number Five- At The End Of That Day Ask What You Could Have Done Better.
    It is not rocket science.
    No wonder 10 teams have taken him off the first round board.
    __________________________________
    How can anybody argue with this post? By far, the most logical of the bunch.
    Nice work.

  45. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Apr 13, 2010 11:54 PM

    @oakfan23:
    yes, 20 teams or so passed on Moss…how’d he work out as a Raider? Quitter. F-ing quiter.
    Has quit, too, in New England. No championships. So, who really made the mistake?
    Besides the fact that Dez Bryant IS a problem, consistently. Moss HAD a problem [or two]. Big difference.
    The problem here is, Dez has already got a swelled head; now give him $20-$30 million and what? He’ll then grow some common sense? Seriously, not happening. Run for za hills, Broncos!

  46. ryanmc says: Apr 14, 2010 12:03 AM

    What does it mean to say teams have taken him “off their boards”? It sounds like that means they’re not planning on using any draft pick on him at all, but surely those teams aren’t saying that they would still not select him even if he was there in the 5th round or something, right?

  47. cunn9305 says: Apr 14, 2010 12:19 AM

    Wht in the world would the steelers draft him we just got rid of one head case …

  48. OLDCRACKER says: Apr 14, 2010 12:57 AM

    Someone mentioned the Fins taking him. Oh yah, can you see the Big Tuna putting up with him? Parcells wouldn’t even put up with sh*t from Jerry Jones and his “friends.” Even Ricky Williams seems to have straightened out.
    A better choice would be the Ravens where he could be tutored by DUI Stallworth, and “You’re killing me” Lewis.

  49. Lex Luger says: Apr 14, 2010 1:17 AM

    Drafting RB and WR high is generally a bad idea.

  50. Tomthebombtracy says: Apr 14, 2010 7:03 AM

    Dan Marino dropped like a lead baloon on draft day and was what, the fifth QB taken, because of allegations he smoked weed. How’d that work out?

  51. tv says: Apr 14, 2010 7:29 AM

    Munoz had an injury!
    There is no escaping stupid.

  52. gaklein says: Apr 14, 2010 7:33 AM

    I love the people arguing with the logic of the statement
    “And as to those team who don’t plan to consider drafting Bryant? The reality is that 31 teams can take him off their draft boards — and he can still be a first-round pick.”
    It doesn’t matter if a team has multiple 1st round picks (like SF and Seattle); a team without a 1st round pick can take him off their board as well.

  53. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 14, 2010 7:52 AM

    @ east96street
    “Then he writes a column like this and expects us to take it as gospel”
    -I don’t think he expects us to take this as gospel. Rule of thumb on this site . . .if it’s not a story breaking news, its a RUMOR (not gospel) I know its hard to differentiate the 2 for you.
    Also in an unrelated post, Percy Harvin is a pus!!! How many games did he miss because of migraines? Go ask Terrell Davis how many games he played in with a migraine.

  54. shaunypoo says: Apr 14, 2010 8:07 AM

    Who give a crap about the teams that passed on Moss. How many teams that Moss has been on have won a Super Bowl? How many of the teams that passed on Moss in that draft have gone on to win a Super Bowl? Which number is higher?
    I am really asking which number is higher, I am to lazy to go find out for myself.

  55. 2 Dimes and a Nickel Back says: Apr 14, 2010 8:43 AM

    @DoughBoyRAC says: April 13, 2010 10:45 PM
    Yeah, Milton:
    Percy “Migrane” Harvin, you mean? He’s not through losing stock yet!
    Gators are losers; Roll Tide!
    _____________________________________
    and still was the rookie of the year. yeah..what rubbish.

  56. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 14, 2010 9:05 AM

    Bucket says:
    April 13, 2010 11:25 PM
    Randy Moss?!! Better think that one through!!! … How can people say things like “look at randy Moss”. Do you think The Raiders are going to draft Bryant based on how great Randy Moss worked out for them??? … Randy Moss comparison to say that teams shouldn’t pass on him makes no sense!!! Randy is on his third team now b/c of attitude problems. So a team should draft Bryant so that two teams later he can be good????
    ================================
    Nah, He wasn’t any good in Minnesota.
    Quit posting , moron.

  57. Cereal Blogger says: Apr 14, 2010 9:12 AM

    This guy smells like a turd sandwhich with cheese.
    Draft – good points in regards to the workout without a shirt on.

  58. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 14, 2010 9:14 AM

    “This sounds very similar to Randy Moss, how did that work out for the 20 something teams who passed on him”
    Some of them did something that Moss has never done and will never do. Win a Super Bowl.

  59. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:21 AM

    Bears, Seahwaks, Chiefs, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Buffalo, Raiders, Redskins –
    What do all these subpar teams have in common?
    No stud wide receiver (or QB – sans Chicago)
    So yeah keep drafting defensive players and left tackles..

  60. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 14, 2010 10:01 AM

    .Vox Veritas. says:
    April 14, 2010 9:14 AM
    “This sounds very similar to Randy Moss, how did that work out for the 20 something teams who passed on him”
    Some of them did something that Moss has never done and will never do. Win a Super Bowl.
    ================================
    It’s been 17 years since the Cowboy’s last time.
    Try to live in the present……
    By the way, We landed on the Moon!!!

  61. Ray Guy says: Apr 14, 2010 10:56 AM

    “As Peter King of SI.com told us tonight, Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz was removed from the draft boards of more than 10 teams; 14, to be exact. And yet the knee injury that caused half the league to run in the other direction didn’t keep him from becoming one of the best offensive linemen of all time.”
    ____________________________________
    It’s easier to fix a knee rather than a head(case).
    We have enough of those in this league already.

  62. RandyRP says: Apr 14, 2010 11:43 AM

    Put up or shut up. Name your soucres or keep your pie hole shut. Bryant may be a problem or not, time will tell. But don’t dish him unless you or your sources are MAN enough to be open, otherwise it is YOU who is the diva.

  63. slutnuts says: Apr 14, 2010 1:56 PM

    once again someone (randyrp) read “latest news and rumors” as “absolute truth and integrity”. how does this keep happening?

  64. Bious says: Apr 14, 2010 8:06 PM

    He is far and away the most over-rated player in the draft
    Hands are not great
    Blocking is terrible
    Proven liar to authorities

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