Tennessee Titans To Draft Dez Bryant?

Mitch DespotContributor IApril 20, 2010

One draft day scenario that may or may not pan out is the potential free fall of the talented, but troubled Dez Bryant.

Bryant is no doubt a gifted wideout, who in 2008 had 87 receptions, 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns all while managing 17 YPC. Alas, the lure of the NFL may have been too much for this Heisman hopeful receiver, and in 2009 after three games was suspended for the remainder of the season after lying to the NCAA about his interaction with Deon Sanders, a former NFL player.

Bryant has already rubbed several NFL teams the wrong way in the time leading up to the NFL draft, but never the less someone will take a chance on this young man somewhere in the first round on Thursday night, much like the Vikings took a chance on Randy Moss in 1998.

The Tennessee Titans, though out of character, could be a team who could be drawn in by this talented wideout, who many think is already displaying too many signs of being a prima donna.

At 6'2'' and 224 pounds, Bryant posses great NFL size, along with good speed (4.52 NFL Combine 40), plus a 38" vertical leap.

Despite spending a first round pick on Kenny Britt last year, Tennessee could still use help in their receiving corp. Kenny Britt should be slated to start in week one after an impressive rookie season, but Justin Gage is entering the final year of his contract and Nate Washington is more of a number three receiver than a true starter. Coupled with a lack of development from third year player Lavelle Hawkins, the Tennessee Titans should at least consider making a play for Dez Bryant if he is still on the board at number 16.

Many Titans fans will disagree with this statement, saying defensive end is a much more pressing need, but if a player of Bryant's caliber is still on the board when the Titans are on the clock, the team must consider taking a chance that would add a another home run threat to their ever improving offense.

The Titans have shown the ability to find late round talent on the defensive side of the ball in players such as Finnegan, Tulloch, McGrath and Ford, but the same cannot be said for wide receivers (Chris Davis and Paul Williams).

With a potential offense in 2010 including the names of Young, Johnson, Britt, Cook and Bryant, the Titans must at least consider idea that a player like Bryant is too good to pass up if still available at number 16 on Thursday night. Even if this means holding off on a player such as Jason Pierre-Paul.