IMO Bryant will not be a Dolphin unless we get him in the 2nd round, and that will not happen.
Gotcha, many talent evaluator's and draftniks have him going in the top 10 and listed as a top 5 talent. But we have also seen top evaluated talents fall alot in previous drafts. I was concerned about the reports of his character issues but phinsfansc almost has me convinced that maybe those concerns are not as great as I first thought. Others have the same idea.
2. Let's discuss Dez Bryant.http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/ ... l+blogs%29
a. What are the chances he makes it to #12?
b. If he makes it, do the Dolphins pass? Should they?
c. What are his biggest strengths, in your eyes?
d. What does he need to work on?
e. Will he be a diva? Be honest.
a. Dez Bryant is the elite receiver in the draft in the eyes of all three of us. And we all believe that he would be the difference maker to an offense crying out for his skill set. But will he make it to 12? “No. Jaguars take him”, “Could go as high as six” and “Sad day for Miami fans” were our collective reactions. Not good.
b. So playing devils advocate, we looked at the scenario in which he makes it to the 12th pick and how Miami would play it: An “I think they pass” was quickly followed by an “I think they take” and culminated in a: “They SHOULD take. I think they WILL pass”. That drew an ouch from everyone!
c. Without eulogising too much we had a little ‘throw a few words into the ring’ session to try and nail down his strengths. This is what we came up with: Chris had “Field memory and hand coordination”, Richard went with “Hands, physical style” and I plumped for “Physicality and ability after the catch”.
d. When it came to what he needed to work on, all three of us paused for slightly longer than should be acceptable and I threw in the caveat that it was tough to choose a specific fault because as discussed here before, he does the little things very well. But we got there in the end and Richard had: “route running and separation”, Chris had “emotional control – on field” and I went for the fact that his “shorter routes need some work.” But we all agreed on an interesting fault which rarely comes up because he makes so many plays down the field; Bryant rarely, if ever, gets separation on deep routes. He’s making reception after reception because he’s simply outjumping corners and not because he has 2/3 strides.
e. Then the important one or at least the one that the media seems fixated upon. Diva or not? Which drew an immediate: “Thong or jock?” from Richard and a “colourful personality” from Chris. Richard then summed up what we all feel: “silly rather than trouble. More Chad OchoCinco than Terrell Owens.” But I threw in a serious point before we closed this section out about the strength of receivers coach Karl Dorrell and his own youth – he’s 46 – and that for four years he coached at a high profile FBS school, UCLA which makes you feel as though he could handle a personality like Bryant.