Cleveland Browns: Is Their First-Round Pick OSU Wide Receiver Dez Bryant?

Samuel IngroAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2010

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys stiff-arms Castine Bridges #21 of the Missouri Tigers  on October 11, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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After weeks of hearing Eric Berry, then Joe Haden, where did the Dez Bryant to Cleveland reports come from?

These reports stemmed from NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock and were further instigated by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper writer, Tony Grossi. With the anemic offense and struggling quarterbacks last season, it's not an unrealistic option. Mayock recently stated:

"If Dez Bryant slides down to No. 7, I think you've got to take him. Braylon Edwards is gone. Bryant's a big, physical wide-out that instantly makes those quarterbacks better. I would look at that position first because cornerback is so deep I think you can come back later and get a quality corner."

Massaquoi and Robiskie are nice additions and could be solid second and slot options, but honestly a play-maker is needed here. That's not to say cornerback is not the other big need, but in the second and third rounds the following cornerbacks are still expected to be around:

Kyle Wilson, Boise St; Patrick Robinson, FSU; Devin McCourty, Rutger; Perrish Cox, Oklahoma St; Kareem Jackson,  Alabama; Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest; Dominique Franks, OU; and Jerome Murphy, South Florida.

Dez Bryant is a wide receiver from Oklahoma State University, currently under suspension for participating in, but not fully disclosing, a workout with former NFL star, Deion Sanders. Prior to his missing the 2009 season, he was slated to go number one overall in many mock drafts.

In his last season with the Cowboys in 2008, he grabbed 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns. Receiving in route, a handful of Heisman Trophy votes, the 2008 CFPA Wide Receivers Trophy, and a 2008 First-Team All American award.

Bryant has good size at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, has notoriously solid hands, and is extremely hard to bring down in the open field. Bryant's speed isn't his greatest asset, as it's only slightly above average compared to other receivers, but his strength and ability to cut sharply makes up for it.

The critiques of him are generally about the same as they were for Michael Crabtree, both coming from the spread offense, only with a significantly more humble attitude about his demeanor.

It's being reported tha Bryant is still intensely active in his workouts to stay in shape for the 2010 NFL season, and is not expected to miss a step. As much as it would be nice to have Joe Haden this year, it should come as no surprise to Cleveland fans if General Manager Tom Heckert and team President Mike Holmgren option to go the wide receiver route this season.