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    Dez Bryant, a diamond in the rough?

    I read this article and it really kind of changed the way I feel about Dez Bryant. It did pull on my heartstrings a bit but maybe this kid has a huge upside. I think we could definitely get him to practice on time....

    Here is the article, if it's been posted already....My apologies in advance.

    By ARMANDO SALGUERO

    The NFL draft is as much about uncovering truth as uncovering talent and if you need proof of that I present Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who last week only half-kiddingly admitted his team sometimes brings prospects to town to throw other teams off Miami's scent.

    Truth is important to NFL teams this time of year. Last year, there were rumors cornerback Vontae Davis was something of a problem child at Illinois and that was one reason he was available to Miami late in the first round.

    The Dolphins recognized the truth about Davis and reaped a reward. And so it's important this year that Miami find out the truth about Dez Bryant.

    Bryant is the next best hope the Dolphins have for solving their troubling lack of playmakers. He is this coming draft's best wide receiver. He was a play-making machine at Oklahoma State and most draft experts agree is can be that again in the NFL.

    But Bryant also is something of a walking rumor -- one the Dolphins must unravel.

    You've probably heard the rumors: Bryant is a bad guy from a bad background. The NCAA suspended him last year. He is trouble.

    Well, here is the truth: Dez Bryant has never been arrested. He has never been busted for drugs. He has never been pulled over for DUI. He has never had a domestic battery issue or been violent in a bar or a locker room.

    A FEW INCIDENTS

    No, Bryant is not a saint. He did, in fact, lie to the NCAA last year when he panicked during an investigation into his relationship with Deion Sanders -- a relationship that was not against NCAA rules, by the way.

    And Bryant is immature and did have troubles at Oklahoma State with being on time to team functions, including perhaps, arriving only 90 minutes before one game.

    But a thug?

    Not Dez Bryant.

    He is 21 years old and although the tardiness suggests he is immature, he is also adult enough to know he has to address that issue.

    That's the reason Bryant has hired a ``life skills coach,'' according to people who are close to him.

    This coach is making sure Bryant follows a regimen and gets where he needs to be on time. This coach is making sure Bryant manages his life in an orderly manner. This life coach is basically helping Bryant develop habits that will allow him to be a responsible person and productive player.

    And this coach is expected to be with Bryant until those habits are fully formed.

    Well, you might wonder, why does Bryant need someone to help him learn the right habits at this stage in his life?

    Because his life early on was a living hell.

    DYSFUNCTIONAL START

    Bryant was conceived when his mother was 12 years old. He is the product of what can legally be described as statutory rape, as his father was approximately 40 years old at the time.

    Bryant's mom had three children by the time she was 18 and was in jail serving time for drug dealing by the time she was 23.

    Bryant's father? He has been out of the picture since that fateful winter night when he kicked his pre-teen son out on the street because the kid took too much food out of the refrigerator.

    Bryant lived wherever he could after that. He stayed with friends. He stayed with coaches. He even lived in cars for a short time.

    Can you now understand why he doesn't have all the life skills down to a science?

    Yet out of this depressing, distressing mess, Bryant is not a lost cause. He is, actually, a diamond in the rough, a grand possibility.

    DOUBTS LINGER

    Some NFL teams will surely look at Bryant and see a project they don't want to bother with. The Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, have reportedly taken him off their draft board.

    But are those teams seeing the truth?

    The truth is any man able to overcome the troubles Bryant has can certainly overcome the adversity of press coverage or the pressure of a fourth-quarter drive. Life punched Bryant in the mouth when he was a boy. He's not likely to get knocked out by the NFL's demands as a man.

    The Dolphins will hopefully recognize the truth about Bryant. And they will hopefully be alert to the differences between his lack of skills and bounty of gifts.

    The life skills Bryant lacks can be taught. But the football gifts he possess are rare, and either come naturally or never come at all.
    Last edited by 24SuperChamp; 04-16-2010 at 01:33 PM.
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    i dont care if he is a great player or not, the dude is just like marshal a virus, that in the long run is going to hurt our team.


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    I think Dez is a pretty good player, however I don't think he will put up Marshall like numbers, and lets face it..Marshall putting up all those numbers didn't help us get to the playoffs.

    I think its time we go a different direction. I say trade down, nab Pouncy..then try to trade our 2nd round pick up to get Iupati. This would give us a dominating offensive line and we can actually run the ball down the field, and this will take a lot of pressure off Orton and the WR's...not to mention controlling the ball and keeping the other teams O off the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24SuperChamp View Post
    I read this article and it really kind of changed the way I feel about Dez Bryant. It did pull on my heartstrings a bit but maybe this kid has a huge upside. I think we could definitely get him to practice on time....

    Here is the article, if it's been posted already....My apologies in advance.



    The NFL draft is as much about uncovering truth as uncovering talent and if you need proof of that I present Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who last week only half-kiddingly admitted his team sometimes brings prospects to town to throw other teams off Miami's scent.

    Truth is important to NFL teams this time of year. Last year, there were rumors cornerback Vontae Davis was something of a problem child at Illinois and that was one reason he was available to Miami late in the first round.

    The Dolphins recognized the truth about Davis and reaped a reward. And so it's important this year that Miami find out the truth about Dez Bryant.

    Bryant is the next best hope the Dolphins have for solving their troubling lack of playmakers. He is this coming draft's best wide receiver. He was a play-making machine at Oklahoma State and most draft experts agree is can be that again in the NFL.

    But Bryant also is something of a walking rumor -- one the Dolphins must unravel.

    You've probably heard the rumors: Bryant is a bad guy from a bad background. The NCAA suspended him last year. He is trouble.

    Well, here is the truth: Dez Bryant has never been arrested. He has never been busted for drugs. He has never been pulled over for DUI. He has never had a domestic battery issue or been violent in a bar or a locker room.

    A FEW INCIDENTS

    No, Bryant is not a saint. He did, in fact, lie to the NCAA last year when he panicked during an investigation into his relationship with Deion Sanders -- a relationship that was not against NCAA rules, by the way.

    And Bryant is immature and did have troubles at Oklahoma State with being on time to team functions, including perhaps, arriving only 90 minutes before one game.

    But a thug?

    Not Dez Bryant.

    He is 21 years old and although the tardiness suggests he is immature, he is also adult enough to know he has to address that issue.

    That's the reason Bryant has hired a ``life skills coach,'' according to people who are close to him.

    This coach is making sure Bryant follows a regimen and gets where he needs to be on time. This coach is making sure Bryant manages his life in an orderly manner. This life coach is basically helping Bryant develop habits that will allow him to be a responsible person and productive player.

    And this coach is expected to be with Bryant until those habits are fully formed.

    Well, you might wonder, why does Bryant need someone to help him learn the right habits at this stage in his life?

    Because his life early on was a living hell.

    DYSFUNCTIONAL START

    Bryant was conceived when his mother was 12 years old. He is the product of what can legally be described as statutory rape, as his father was approximately 40 years old at the time.

    Bryant's mom had three children by the time she was 18 and was in jail serving time for drug dealing by the time she was 23.

    Bryant's father? He has been out of the picture since that fateful winter night when he kicked his pre-teen son out on the street because the kid took too much food out of the refrigerator.

    Bryant lived wherever he could after that. He stayed with friends. He stayed with coaches. He even lived in cars for a short time.

    Can you now understand why he doesn't have all the life skills down to a science?

    Yet out of this depressing, distressing mess, Bryant is not a lost cause. He is, actually, a diamond in the rough, a grand possibility.

    DOUBTS LINGER

    Some NFL teams will surely look at Bryant and see a project they don't want to bother with. The Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, have reportedly taken him off their draft board.

    But are those teams seeing the truth?

    The truth is any man able to overcome the troubles Bryant has can certainly overcome the adversity of press coverage or the pressure of a fourth-quarter drive. Life punched Bryant in the mouth when he was a boy. He's not likely to get knocked out by the NFL's demands as a man.

    The Dolphins will hopefully recognize the truth about Bryant. And they will hopefully be alert to the differences between his lack of skills and bounty of gifts.

    The life skills Bryant lacks can be taught. But the football gifts he possess are rare, and either come naturally or never come at all.
    You have to wonder if the tardiness and lack of organization in his life will prohibit him from blooming in the NFL. I was immature at 21, but I was never late for work, school, etc.

    Although, no one has ever had to pay me 30 millions dollars either.....
    A super bowl victory is the only thing that matters in a season. So to show improvement you have to get closer than we were last year. So the AFCC game is a good answer if we only match what we did last year it is a failure. The Giants were 9-7 and won it all so record or first round bye mean nothing unless you win it all-

    #87Birdman wrote it- adding Manning, the Broncos should be held to it, and certain posters think otherwise and we know who you are.....

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    That is a totally crazy story! Wow! I didn't want him but the guy has already beat the odds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronco Fan 4 Life View Post
    i dont care if he is a great player or not, the dude is just like marshal a virus, that in the long run is going to hurt our team.



    Why is he a virus? what has he done to be a virus?........NOthing....!!!

    I would also say that Brandon is not a virus, he was someone that wanted to get paid, and acted like a bafoon. But he never tore apart the locker room, or divided it, or bashed the coach.

    I would say propoganda has a hold on you.



    PS- Bryant will have a better career than Marshall.
    For now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnConvert View Post
    You have to wonder if the tardiness and lack of organization in his life will prohibit him from blooming in the NFL. I was immature at 21, but I was never late for work, school, etc.

    Although, no one has ever had to pay me 30 millions dollars either.....
    You angel. I am sure there was at least one time where you either were late to work or didn't go to class just because

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    I think his character deals are being CRAZY overblown. The only legitimate one against him is the fact that he lied to NCAA investigators.

    I think he'll be fine in the NFL, and I think he'll be a great player, however, I don't want us to draft him. I think Benn and Williams will also be great players, and we can (maybe) get either of them in the 2nd. Benn probably not, but Williams most likely.

    I'd rather get Odrick at #11, and then Williams or Benn with our 1st pick in the 2nd. And then, honestly, I think some of us are kinda overdrafting the OC's in this class. I think Walton has is going to be going in the 3rd round.

    Jared Odrick, Arrelious Benn, Vladmir Ducasse, and JD Walton with our first 4 picks would be sweet.

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    overblown character issues by the lame media...now i know why are economy is in the dumpster and won't get better for years....oh wait we are having a jobless recovery...gobble it up peasants....blah draft TALENT....not average players with good character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoserman117 View Post
    I think his character deals are being CRAZY overblown. The only legitimate one against him is the fact that he lied to NCAA investigators.

    I think he'll be fine in the NFL, and I think he'll be a great player, however, I don't want us to draft him. I think Benn and Williams will also be great players, and we can (maybe) get either of them in the 2nd. Benn probably not, but Williams most likely.

    I'd rather get Odrick at #11, and then Williams or Benn with our 1st pick in the 2nd. And then, honestly, I think some of us are kinda overdrafting the OC's in this class. I think Walton has is going to be going in the 3rd round.

    Jared Odrick, Arrelious Benn, Vladmir Ducasse, and JD Walton with our first 4 picks would be sweet.
    I like your idea, but at the same time I see a lot of value in drafting Dez at #11 and then grabbing Tyson Alualu with one of the 2nds.
    Last edited by PKchamp13; 04-16-2010 at 10:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueOrange7 View Post
    You angel. I am sure there was at least one time where you either were late to work or didn't go to class just because
    You can't honestly say that skipping class (which I'm sure he has done too) is the same as showing up unprepared for the biggest job interview of his life. Millions of dollar are on the line, he was already dropping on some boards, and you show up unprepared? That is beyond immature. That is just plain stupid.

    Its great that the guy has never had any drug or criminal problems. That is certainly a plus for him. But it IS possible to be disruptive to a team without being a criminal. Look at TO.

    I'm not saying the guy will be or won't be a distraction. Denver will interview him, and they will be the judge of that. They will know him a lot more personally than I ever will, so I will trust their judgement. The true test will come in the draft. If he falls at all, we will know the reason why.
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    Just a heads up, if an article is quoted, you need to put the link in to give the author due credit.

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    IMO ... the kid is the only player we SHOULD select at #11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by underrated29 View Post
    Why is he a virus? what has he done to be a virus?........NOthing....!!!

    I would also say that Brandon is not a virus, he was someone that wanted to get paid, and acted like a bafoon. But he never tore apart the locker room, or divided it, or bashed the coach.

    I would say propoganda has a hold on you.



    PS- Bryant will have a better career than Marshall.
    I believe i said "in the long run" same thing goes with Marshal. over time if we were to keep him, its like a virus it spreads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowderAddict View Post
    Just a heads up, if an article is quoted, you need to put the link in to give the author due credit.
    Done....and thank you!
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