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Report: Dez Bryant off Jaguars' board over "character concerns"

Keyshawn Johnson may not like it, but there’s a perception in some circles that former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant will create so many off-field headaches for any NFL team that drafts him that his on-field talent doesn’t justify the risk.

In Jacksonville, that perception is apparently enough to have removed Bryant from the Jaguars’ draft board.

Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union reports, citing multiple NFL sources, that the Jaguars eliminated Bryant from their draft board because of concerns about his character.

As Wright notes, the Jaguars are particularly concerned about off-field concerns regarding wide receivers because in the last decade they wasted first-round picks on wide receivers R. Jay Soward, Reggie Williams and Matt Jones.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said he’d like to add a wide receiver in the draft, but he doesn’t see it happening in the first round.

“It’s not a great year for wide receiver,” Del Rio said, “but there will be some guys in the mid rounds that have a shot.”

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33 Responses to “Report: Dez Bryant off Jaguars' board over "character concerns"”
  1. Kaz says: Apr 13, 2010 9:52 AM

    Dez couldn’t have been happier with the news…

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 13, 2010 9:53 AM

    what character issues?

  3. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Apr 13, 2010 9:56 AM

    Do they still have pre-season superstar Troy Williamson?

  4. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 13, 2010 9:57 AM

    you can only take so many cocaine ring busts

  5. DogGreen says: Apr 13, 2010 9:59 AM

    Attention all of you receivers that my fall within rounds 2 through 6. Keep your fingers crossed that “Jack Attack” calls your number!!! (Elbow to the ribs)

  6. jth23 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:00 AM

    I am a jag fan that lives in jax (thats owns season tickets, sec. 103 row bb seats 1 & 2) and can honestly say this is not much of a surprise because of the previously mentioned first round busts at receiver. BUT, even though I know jags gm gene smith is “legitimate about his character concerns”, it does strike me as a bit odd this would come out now. Smoke screen possibly?

  7. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:00 AM

    I hope Dez Bryant torches these clowns..
    Because they’ve had such a great history of receivers in Jacksonville..
    Character concerns? It’s professional football…design a contract that won’t pay him if he foulds up – simple.
    This guy will be a beast – best receiver in the draft and the lowly Jags don’t want him..
    Jack Del Rio’s a clown.

  8. mike428 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:01 AM

    Well, there goes my mock draft!

  9. inmotion2207 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:03 AM

    Didn’t Randy Moss make the Cowboys and a few other teams pay for that same mistake? LOL Yeah all of these Holier than thou Football teams better be careful, and Jack Del Rio needs all of the help he can get!

  10. hnirobert says: Apr 13, 2010 10:03 AM

    They have far greater concerns on the other side of the ball.

  11. Jackson says: Apr 13, 2010 10:04 AM

    all this pre-draft talk is just BS. they are just saying this so no one else will draft him. don’t trust anything you hear right now. as a matter of fact, any pre-draft talk is BS so they should do away with it completely.

  12. Tiger's Wingman says: Apr 13, 2010 10:07 AM

    I doubt he want to live in L.A. anyway.

  13. manoleisure says: Apr 13, 2010 10:09 AM

    forget dez bryant
    TIM TEBOW is who the jags need to draft. trade down if that’s what it takes, you can’t miss this opportunity. here you have a local kid who went right down the road to the state u and rewrote the SEC record books, combine that with a franchise that’s struggling to fill the seats and has a qb in his mid 30s who is average at best. don’t get me wrong, Garrard is a nice guy and a nice player, but his shoes won’t be hard for Tebow to fill. Garrard was no Tim Tebow while he was at East Carolina, though he did run around a lot. point is, this is an ideal situation. it makes business sense and football sense. there is a qb in place Tebow can develop behind.
    and to all those people who say this would be just a “short term solution” to the jags ticket issues, you people need to understand that Jacksonville needs all the short term solutions it can get. there can’t be 6 and 7 blackouts a year over the next couple of years. if the jags don’t start finding some short term solutions there won’t be a long term.

  14. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 13, 2010 10:20 AM

    Chiefs2010 says: April 13, 2010 10:00 AM
    I hope Dez Bryant torches these clowns..
    Because they’ve had such a great history of receivers in Jacksonville..
    Character concerns? It’s professional football…design a contract that won’t pay him if he foulds up – simple.
    This guy will be a beast – best receiver in the draft and the lowly Jags don’t want him..
    Jack Del Rio’s a clown.
    What good does designing a contract that won’t pay him if he fouls up? Can they design a contract to get back their wasted first round draft pick as well? Not to mention the fact that Bryant and his agent would just hold out rather than sign some ridiculous contract with a lot of behavior clauses in it.

  15. marktg30 says: Apr 13, 2010 10:36 AM

    Bryant will most likely make a lot of teams look really smart or really stupid…
    Lets see which happens first.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 13, 2010 10:42 AM

    For every Randy Moss that teams were wrong about, there are 10 versions of Matt Jones that teams were right about. I’m not saying I know which category Dez Bryant falls into, but if it were my draft pick and my ass on the line, you can bet I am choosing someone with zero question marks, perceived or actual.

  17. Branman says: Apr 13, 2010 10:50 AM

    Im sure he is off alot of teams boards, they just announce it.. I mean Dez didnt even know how to run cone and shuttle timed drills, you would think that is something you would practice or maybe even take the time to learn what to do before your pro day? mehhh just wing it haha. Mike Simms Walker did really well last year anyways, he can potentially be a number one receiver.

  18. Tom says: Apr 13, 2010 11:07 AM

    The Jags can do whatever they feel is good for their team. They are the ones that have to live with these guys once they receive all the millions that they don’t deserve until they have been in the league awhile.

  19. War_Paint says: Apr 13, 2010 11:14 AM

    “Didn’t Randy Moss make the Cowboys and a few other teams pay for that same mistake? LOL Yeah all of these Holier than thou Football teams better be careful, and Jack Del Rio needs all of the help he can get! ”
    Yeah, because with all of those Super Bowl rings Randy is sportin it’s a wonder he can catch the ball.

  20. shaunypoo says: Apr 13, 2010 11:15 AM

    How dare they judge his character.

  21. rickah8888 says: Apr 13, 2010 11:23 AM

    A Leopard never changes it’s spots! The same can be said about the majority of inner-city thugs!

  22. David Bowman says: Apr 13, 2010 11:29 AM

    Guaranteed that the Jaguars pick him now.

  23. evilmajortom says: Apr 13, 2010 12:10 PM

    I was wondering why they didn’t snatch up Santonio Holmes. Seems like they needed him more than the Jets did. With that said, Dez will either be Isaac Bruce or Peter Warrick – too soon to tell.

  24. dlmcc0909 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:29 PM

    Why is this so hard for people to understand? NFL teams are trying to avoid any player that has character issues, especially at the WR position. See Santonio Holmes as an example. No one wants to deal with potential pro longed holdouts like Crabtree was last year either. the NFL is trying to clean up its image and teams are avoiding players that come off as uncoachable or have a chance of doing something dumb thatll get them suspended.
    Its called being smart. Theres more to the game than talent alone. Pletny of players come out of college with skill and fail because of a poor attitude

  25. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:41 PM

    Why don’t the Jags trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks to Denver for Brandon Marshall instead?

  26. tombrookshire says: Apr 13, 2010 12:49 PM

    Concerns about character/work ethic caused DeSean Jackson to fall like safe in the draft. The Eagles picked him up in the second round and he has been, except for a few boneheaded plays, a model citizen. Don’t know how that will play out with Bryant, but the experience of falling to a possible second round choice in the draft just may get his attention. Jackson is now a way- underpaid 3rd year player who may make the Eagles wish they had upgraded his contract accordingly when he became their top offensive player. But, that’s the Eagles’ Joe Banner, money first, always before common sense.

  27. Richierich420 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:52 PM

    In other words, the Jags don’t want him at 10 but if you think the Broncos might want to get him, call and work out a trade for more picks.

  28. uwlaw5856 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:52 PM

    What many people don’t realize is that teams can come out and say he has character issues without really saying what they are. I heard an analyst on ESPN say that his character issues were that he grew up without a father and in a tough neighborhood along with the Deion Sanders summer workout denial (which is a crock of sh** in my opinion). He got banned for lying to the almighty NCAA…BS.>I hope Dez kicks some butt on the field and surrounds himself with a good support system off of it…

  29. brasho says: Apr 13, 2010 1:14 PM

    I guess Keyshawn will point the finger at the Jags for being racist even though I couldn’t tell you the last time a white guy threw or caught a pass for the Jags… they’re still racist, right Keyshawn?!

  30. Jag4Life says: Apr 13, 2010 1:24 PM

    Obviously you cats don’t pay attention to drafts around 1-2 weeks before the draft. Everyone says this and that to put up smokescreens. This is no different. Now with that being said, Dez Bryant is good, but recievers are a dime a dozen. Jags have learned their lesson about recievers and there’s value in the mid to late rounds to pick up top quality recievers. Those cats are hungry for an opportunity. Look throughout the league, how many starting recievers were top 10 picks…………………Exactly.

  31. Seeryer says: Apr 13, 2010 2:01 PM

    Golden Tate will be the best receiver to come out of this draft. Bank on it.

  32. KM91 says: Apr 13, 2010 3:24 PM

    As a Jag fan, I’d rather use that first rounder for someone other than Bryant. If he skips meetings in college, what’s gonna stop him from doing that in the NFL? I’d rather stick with the second year players at wide receiver.

  33. D.R.Universal says: Apr 13, 2010 4:44 PM

    @unlaw..thats the most sensible comment I have heard concerning Bryant
    NO ONE can explain what he did..all i see is specuulation a bunch of bullshit on here!
    @rickah…what trouble did he get into? i love how u ppl toss around the word “thug” which indicates to me you have NO IDEA what a real THUG is! I know plenty and have some in my family and I tell u, playing sports is the last thing on a THUG’s mind…guy never got arrested ever, or in any trouble on campus..where do u get this from??
    @dlmc…all i heard from his college coaches and teammates is that he was the hardest working player there..but what do they know? they only watched him up close everyday, you watch what ESPN tells you
    @branman…R U SERIOUS?? bc he didnt know how to run the cone drill?? most nfl coaches will tell u those drills dont mean shit! how often do u see those moves carried out in a real game? I tell u what film is 1000 times more valuable than what they do at the “Underwear Olympics”…have u seen him on the field?
    Unbelievable man!! you would think Dez Bryant was Ben Roethlisberger or something…he lied to the NCAA about having dinner with Deion bc he was scared nervous kid…but Im sure ALL OF YOU have never done those things before right? Bc you always made the right decisions when you were growing up right??
    Holier than thou message board….geeessh

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