Dez Bryant was a potential top 10 pick coming out of college. Placed number one on many receiver lists as the best available in the draft. Watching him play, you knew this guy would be a game changer on the next level. His physical style and untapped athletic ability left scouts drooling over the possibilities in a pro offense. What made 24 teams pass on a player who had such potential, a guy who could immediately make an impact on any team? Fear of the unknown.
Dez Bryant was dubbed as a bad egg. In a game today where character weighs almost as much as a player's abilities, teams shunned the young stud. He was labeled thug by the media and even fans started to believe the bad press. The fear of unknown possibilities with a question mark regarding his character.He had a bad childhood and once he got millions of dollars, he would crumble as a man. The hype would get to his head and his desire to play like he could and drive to succeed would vanish. He would be in Rodger's office all the time, sitting next to Big Ben and PacMan. The fear of these possibilities left 23 teams to pass on Dez Bryant.
I've said this before in earlier posts and excuse me for repeating it; this guy was caught not dealing drugs, he did not beat up his girlfriend, he wasn't caught with a gun and didn't shoot himself in the leg. He wasn't a bad teammate and did not disrespect his coaches or the media. He was with someone whom he was allowed to be with, so long as he mentioned this to the proper authorities. But Dez made a bad choice and said that he hadn't been with Prime Time, when in actuality he had.
The backlash from this small statement cost him millions of dollars and months of bad press. Once a top ten pick, he fell down until the cowboys scooped him at 24. Jerry knew what he had passed on before, and wouldn't let it happen again. Since the draft, Dez Bryant has been the polar opposite of what the press labeled him. He would possibly pull a Crabtree and demand top ten money? NOPE! Dez Bryant was the first first round pick to sign his contract so not to hold up his team or impede he progress as an NFL receiver. He would be late to meetings just like he was in college? NOPE! Dez Bryant was the first cowboy on the field come training camp, getting out there 2 and a half hours early.
It seems to me that everybody was wrong about Dez Bryant, except the Cowboys. They played the risk vs. reward card and came out on top, BIG TIME!