Wide Receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys jumps up to catch the ball.
Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant will visit Valley Ranch to hold a private workout with the Cowboys on April 1, according to multiple sources, via ESPN's Calvin Watkins.
Bryant's workout for Dallas will come just two days after he holds a workout in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas. He did not participate at the NFL Scouting Combine or Oklahoma State's pro day due to a somewhat troubling hamstring issue. This, along with Bryant's season-ending suspension last year--for inappropriate contact with former Dallas cornerback Deion Sanders--has given some teams cause for concern.
However, Bryant is still projected by many as the first receiver taken in the 2010 draft.
Just what this visit means is wholly unclear, but it is probably a whole lot of nothing.
Generally, teams try to see as many prospects as possible leading up to the draft, and history (and reason) is not on the side of a union between Bryant and the Cowboys. The team hasn't selected a receiver in the first round since 1991, when they selected Alvin Harper 12th overall out of Tennessee.
Aside from that, Bryant going to the Cowboys would only further confuse the already muddled receiver position for the team. Obviously, Miles Austin is a lock as the no. 1 receiver; but after that, the position has ample questions. In all likelihood, Roy Williams will start opposite Austin in 2010, for good or ill; and the team seemingly remains high on Sam Hurd, Patrick Crayton and Kevin Ogletree, which begs the question of just where Bryant would fit in.
That said, the team has been adamant in stating that they will likely draft the best player available in the draft, almost regardless of position (Jerry said the team will only avoid quarterbacks in the first round).
Ultimately, Dallas selecting Bryant with the 27th overall pick seems doubtful at best. Regardless of their statements, the team is well aware of their most glaring needs; namely, a young tackle and a safety, to be concise. Further, it seems unlikely that Bryant's stock has fallen drastically enough to make him available when Dallas goes on the clock at no. 27.