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NFL Draft: Bill Parcells Is Not Who We Thought He Was

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts after 24-28 loss against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Michael SchwarzbaumContributor IIApril 12, 2010

We've heard for the past couple of months, that the Miami Dolphins cannot pick Dez Bryant with their first pick, because Bill Parcells does not pick wide receivers early in the draft.  

Parcells doesn't do that?

Do you know something I don't?

Parcells has picked, since 1993, six receivers in the first two rounds of the draft.  

Is that a lot?

Well, teams that are known for their receivers, the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals, have chosen fewer receivers, five, than Parcells' six.

So he doesn't like receivers?

Fine.  People are now saying that he doesn't like the idea of drafting Bryant because he shows signs of immaturity.

Oh.  That's it?

Parcells drafted Terry Glenn.

What's my point?

He had reputations for being immature.

He also coached Antonio Bryant, who had a criminal record, and Keyshawn Johnson, who was never really well behaved.  

So, he doesn't deal with misfits?

So what's Parcells' beef with Dez?

I have no idea.  But this notion is incorrect.  Parcells has a track record of pushing aside attitude for talent.  

If Dez is really the man for the job, then he will be the one picked 12th.  

Don't doubt it for a second.

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