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2010 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Will Not Draft Dez Bryant Despite Marshall Trade

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 16, 2010

With a week remaining until the 2010 NFL Draft, the dramatic offseason deals with another bang...a big bang.

This time, it is the Broncos' receiver Brandon Marshall who was dealt.

The former Denver receiver, who has wanted out of Denver for the past year, got his wish today.

Who is the winner? The Miami Dolphins, who acquired Marshall for two second round picks.

As the draft looms, speculation begins to rise on what Denver will do with their first-round selection.

I'll tell you what won't happen...them drafting receiver Dez Bryant.

With the departure of Marshall, there is a need for a future No. 1 target.

Eddie Royal took a major setback a season ago, and the other veteran receivers on the roster are there for a limited role.

Leave it now to most experts, who believe Dez Bryant is going to the Broncos.

Bryant has visited with the Broncos in recent weeks, and I don't blame Denver for at least having him visit them.

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I still don't believe the Broncos will draft a receiver in the first round, but instead will focus on the defensive side of the ball.

Don't get me wrong, Bryant has the most potential from a talent standpoint of any receiver in the past two draft classes (well, maybe Mike Wallace is making his way up the list).

Bryant has solid hands, good speed, and is a bigger and stronger receiver then we have seen in recent years.

However, his attitude and contract demads are a problem, especially when involving the Broncos.

Denver management made it clear they did not want to pay bucks to Marshall. Whether it was due to his off the field violations, or his disagreement with head coach Josh McDaniels, the Broncos are frugal with their money.

Bryant is going to demand more money then the contract Michael Crabtree received from the 49ers.

Would the Broncos be willing to give a rookie receiver this kind of contract, if they passed on a proven commodity?

Especially with the possibility of a holdout, Bryant doesn't seem the best option for Denver.

Instead, defense seems the way to go. Holes need to be filled to improve the running game which was near the bottom of the league.

Thus, defensive tackle and linebacker are the biggest needs.

Dan Williams, the best tackle available, has been worked out by the team and could be a candidate.

Linebacker Rolando McClain has also drawn interest from the Broncos, and seems to be the favorable pick.

The combination of athleticism and strength makes McClain a sure top-15 selection.

You can guarantee this: The Broncos will not select Dez Bryant with the 11th-overall selection in this years draft.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. He will be covering the NFL Draft for the next week, so stay tuned for more rumors and updates.

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