Is Dez Bryant the Missing Piece to Tony Romo's First MVP Season in 2010?

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IApril 30, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Ray Edwards #91 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 2009 season was arguably the best of Tony Romo's career.

Not only did he help the Dallas Cowboys win their second NFC East title in three seasons, but Romo also set a number of career marks as well.

He broke his previous single-season record by throwing for 4,483 yards—including a franchise-record eight 300-yard games—to go along with his 26 touchdowns and career-low nine interceptions.

By ranking second and allowing just 15.6 points per game, the defense made life easier for Romo and the rest of the Cowboys' offense.

Along with a well-balanced running trio, Dallas received an unexpected Pro Bowl season from Miles Austin—who led all wide receivers with 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.

There's every reason to believe the Cowboys' high-powered offense will make them playoff contenders for the 2010 season.

Still, every team seems to have a few areas in need of improvement during the offseason—which is why many expected Dallas to focus on the offensive line or safety with their first round pick.

At least, that was the case until Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant fell into the late first round.

When Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones saw team after team pass on Bryant, he apparently was seeing flashbacks of the 1998 NFL Draft, when he passed on Randy Moss because of his troubled past (no need to explain what happened next).

While Greg Ellis—whom Dallas spent the eighth pick on that year—was an excellent defensive end for 11 seasons, many owners were left kicking themselves for not selecting a future Hall of Fame wideout in Moss.

Despite his troubled past, Jones knew trading up to add Bryant's talent to the Cowboys' already high-powered offense would be worth giving up the draft picks. His speed, size, and strength as a wideout should have an immediate impact in the passing game, along with making life easier for Romo.

Bryant played in just three games last season, his junior campaign, before his suspension, but he finished his sophomore season at Oklahoma State with 87 catches for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns.

With this in mind, there's every reason to believe he has the potential to develop into one of the most dangerous wideouts in the NFL—assuming he stays out of trouble.

Bryant will most likely compete with Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton for playing time during his rookie season. With these wideouts, along with the presence of Austin and Jason Witten, opposing defenses will have their work cut out for them when it comes to stopping the Cowboys' passing game.

The addition of Bryant provides Dallas with arguably one of the top passing units entering the 2010 season. Romo's name has been mentioned in MVP talks during previous seasons, but this may be the closest he'll come if the Cowboys' offense lives up to its high potential next season.