Written by theMBIIIeffect
So Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is supposed to visit with the Dallas Cowboys. So far, the Cowboys are the only team to schedule a private workout with the wide receiver.
Most mock drafts have Bryant going somewhere in the first round, but his lack of recent game film due to a 10-game suspension must have scouts and general managers worried. Scouting reports say that he lacks top-end speed, but he’s a big target that will help quarterbacks in the red zone.
But so is Brandon Marshall. And Marshall is fast. But Marshall is probably the bigger headache of the two. Remember this stunt? Yikes.
Other writers have said that this deal isn’t a wise one for the Cowboys.
But if the Cowboys are seriously taking a look at Bryant, who has character issues as well, why wouldn’t they take a look at Marshall, too?
Let’s break this thing down.
- Red Flags: Both guys have plenty. Bryant doesn’t have much game film and he lied to the NCAA about his relationship with Deion Sanders (was Jerry Jones following Bryant all along?) . Marshall, on the other hand, has had plenty of trouble with the law and with the league. WINNNER: Bryant. The guy hasn’t had legal trouble, so he gets the edge here.
- Proven Value: Bryant had 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns in his sophomore season. Against Big XII defenses. All Marshall has done is put up three consecutive 100-reception seasons in the NFL, with Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton throwing to him. WINNER: Marshall. This one isn’t even close. Marshall, as a receiver on the field, is as proven a commodity as there is in the NFL.
- Upside: Who knows what Bryant is capable of. At 6’2, he’s 2 inches shorter than Marshall and his 40-yard dash time is pretty comparable. What else could Marshall do? WINNER: Marshall. This is a gut feeling. If Marshall can stay on the field with a good quarterback, who knows what they could do.
- Financial Obligation: Bryant will get a rookie contract for a few years, which won’t be too expensive compared to the contract Marshall will get. Getting a proven commodity in the NFL costs you. WINNER: Bryant.
- Team Impact: If Bryant comes to the team, he’s an insurance policy on Roy Williams. If Williams continues to falter, you have the No. 2 receiver to compliment Miles Austin right away. He might not be ready this year, but he’ll be good to go in a year or two. Signing Marshall basically puts the final nail in Williams’ coffin, but Marshall will demand plenty of balls that would go Austin’s way most of the time. But then, Austin would be the T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Marshall’s Chad Ochocinco: Austin would move the ball consistently up and down the field while Marshall would see his fair share of balls while being the more obvious red zone target. Bryant could be that guy, but it’d take a while. WINNER: Toss-up. It depends on Austin’s potential. Yeah, it’s a cop-out, but both sides have their better arguments.
What do you readers think? I’m not saying they should go one or the other for sure in the first round, but which would you rather have?