Drafted: First Round, 24th Overall
The Cowboys picked Dez Bryant 24th overall in the first round, a great pick considering some projected Bryant as high as the top 10.
After a tumultuous career at Oklahoma State, in which he was forced to sit out all but the first three games of the 2009 season after controversy stemming from interactions with Deion Sanders, teams questioned if he still "had it," as well as his personal choices and attitude.
Jerry Jones pulled the trigger on the hometown boy, in whom he saw a great player. Bryant started out with a bang, choosing No. 88, formerly owned by great Cowboy receivers Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson. Then the pad-carrying incident with Roy Williams showed his fire and will to win, exciting Dallas fans as well as causing some controversy at camp.
Throughout a rookie campaign plagued by injury, Bryant has still flashed the extreme talent he had at Oklahoma State, with several outstanding catches and athletic plays. He is a red zone monster, as he isn't afraid of being physical with corners in coverage. His combination of size and speed is a rarity, creating mismatches all over the field.
In 12 games, Bryant caught 45 passes for 561 yards and six touchdowns, tied for third most among rookie pass catchers. Also, Bryant had a stellar special teams campaign with two touchdowns on kick and punt returns, as well as a potential third that was reversed due to a holding penalty.
The Cowboys are excited, to say the least, about Bryant's future, and he looks like the No. 2 receiver for next year behind Miles Austin.