2010 NFL Draft: Is Dez Bryant Still a Top Receiver after Questionable Workout?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2010

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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Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant has been in a downward spiral for many months, starting with his suspension from NCAA play due to an interaction with former All-Pro Deion Sanders.

Now, after his private workout performance, there are still many questions surrounding the top receiver of the 2010 NFL draft class.

Over the past few months many NFL writers have been questioning Bryant's maturity and character outside of the game of football.

After his workout performance, many will add his lack of preparation to a growing list of issues that he is facing going into the NFL draft.

One has to figure that after Bryant decided to not participate at the NFL combine and delayed his workout several times, he would come prepared to put on a show.

The only show that NFL people saw was one of mediocrity and drama.

After posting two 40-yard dash times of 4.52 and 4.68, Bryant was requested to run the dash a third time due to the discrepancies of the first two times. He did, and ran another time of 4.52.

As reported by profootbaltalk.com, Bryant forgot to bring his cleats with him to his workout and had to use a brand new pair of shoes that were not properly broken in, thus resulting in his 40 times.

And to top that off, it was also reported that his second 40 time was while running into the wind.

So what? This is football—it's a game that is played in every type of weather that Mother Nature can provide, and wind is a constant in many colder weather cities in the United States.

Another point to make about these excuses is to remember back when Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was at the NFL combine back in 2007 and did not want to run the 40, but at the last second he changed his mind and borrowed another player's pair of shoes and still clocked a 4.35.

What does this tell you about Bryant?

That he is nowhere near the caliber of a big-time, playmaking wide receiver that many thought he was, despite what his college highlight reel says.

If a top receiver cannot run well with brand new shoes on and cannot come prepared to his own private workout (which was delayed multiple times), then there are indeed some maturity issues that are a problem, hence the excuses that are coming out from his workout.

Do not be surprised if Bryant starts falling down in the first round after this workout.

Is Bryant a bust before even getting drafted?

No one knows for sure, but there are plenty of red flags trending toward yes.

(Click here for the Pro Football Talk report and click here for the nfl.com report.)


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