Why Dez Bryant Will Be the Offensive Rookie of the Year

TJ JenkinsAnalyst IMay 2, 2010

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Runningback Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs dives for the ball for the ball as Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys cannot make the pass during the third quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Before his suspension during the 2009 season, Dez Bryant was considered by many as the best wide receiver in college football, and was subsequently gift wrapped to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFL Draft at 24th overall.

The selection was a no-brainer for the ‘Boys and Bryant will more than likely have an immediate and large impact on the receiving game as he should have no problem edging out the oft-blinded by the stadium lights Roy Williams to play alongside one of last year’s breakout receivers, Miles Austin.

Think of that receiving corps Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will be throwing to: Austin, Bryant, Patrick Crayton, Williams, Jason Witten, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice.

NFC East secondaries are already shuddering and Philadelphia is really regretting trading Sheldon Brown at the moment.

With Austin coming into his own last year, he’s automatically going to draw more coverage, Witten as always will have a linebacker and safety eyeballing him from the first snap on, meaning that Bryant will get quite a few touches just due to the lack of coverage on his side of the field.

He’s already impressing coaches during the Cowboys rookie mini-camp—according to Jerry Jones, he’s a natural. While I’m not sure what that means, I do know that he meant it as a compliment.

The Cowboys are looking like a scary team right now, especially if Doug Free can fill in for Flozell Adams, who was released earlier this offseason. Adding a young, monstrous receiver like Bryant only makes them stronger on the offensive side of the ball.

I think for the second straight year, a  wide receiver is going to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, simply because of the position that Bryant is going to be put in with the talent surrounding him and the Cowboys chances of having a good season he’s my front runner.

Former Notre Dame wide receiver/do it all man Golden Tate also has a legitimate shot to win it, as reports from the mini-camp say that he could very well enter the year as the Seattle Seahawks number one receiving option.

Projected mainly as a slot receiver, Tate’s going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder - think Steve Smith but younger and arguably faster. Definitely a force to be reckoned with should Matt Hasselbeck return to old form this season.

That being said—who’s your pick?


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