Saturday, February 25, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:00 AM
DEZ BRYANT: Oklahoma State, 6014 224 4.52. Junior entry. Started 19 games over career. Played in three games in 2009 after being suspended by the NCAA for lying to investigators about a visit with former NFL great Deion Sanders. Plays in a read option spread offense. Lines up at the X-split end or Z-slot position. Generally double covered by a safety and a corner. A big receiver that gets open. Tough versus single coverage. Will reach and extend to pluck the ball. Has the strength to go up and come down with the pass. Quick in and out of breaks. Has long arms and good sized hands to provide a big target for his quarterback. Has suction cup hands to make the difficult catch. Can catch the low hard pass, over the shoulder, and ball behind or any other off target throw. Plays fast with the speed to go deep. Can adjust to the ball in flight. No hold up on release. Usually played with a big cushion. Athletic after catch. Productive with the ball in his hands. Explosive playmaker. Smooth and athletic route runner. Quick to close the cushion. Forces separation with the defensive back. Has good vision and focus as a vertical threat. Gets to top speed quickly. Competitive in close quarters. Shows aggressiveness. Will cradle the ball as needed on crossers and dig routes. Has an explosive upfield burst after catch. The spread offense gets skilled players in space. Half-hearted effort as a blocker. He will flash blocking skills on rare occasions or just get in the offensive backs’ way. His last full season was 2008. Has 87 catches averaging 17 yards per catch and 19 touchdowns. Averaged 17.9 yards and had two punt returns for touchdowns. Needs to take more pride in his route running. Will lose concentration and have some easy drops at times. Has a learning disability but no problems learning football. Did not work out at the Combine. At his pro day he had a 7.21/3 cone and 11-1 broad jump. First round. (A-34, H- 9 3/4, VJ-38, SS-4.48).