The coin flip to determine who will pick No. 10 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft is coming Friday. Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Dez Bryant should be watching very closely.
There are six first-round selections that will be determined by coin toss, but the Broncos 10-11 pick is the likely stopping point for the consensus top wide receiver in the field.
Bryant is a 6-2, 210 pound athlete who was suspended for a minor violation by the NCAA after just three games in the 2009 season. Bryant lied to the governing body about talking to Deion Sanders at the former NFL star’s home in the offseason.
So, we only have two seasons and three games to judge Bryant by, but that seems like enough. In 2008, Bryant had 87 catches, 1,480 yards and 19 TDs. In three 2009 games, he appeared to be following the same pass, scoring twice in two of the games and catching 9 balls for 161 yards in one of those games.
Experts call him the best deep threat in the draft. They are excited about his ideal size and soft hands. Bryant’s body control — the ability to get vertical in tight coverage and come down with passes — also has many drooling.
A lack of elite timed speed is the only noted detriment.
However, he’s been compared to Anquan Boldin and been called “Terrell Owens, but with better hands.”
How’s that for praise?
NFL Draft predictions
If the Broncos don’t get him at 10th or 11th (four of the five mock drafts say he’ll go to the Broncos and replace Brandon Marshall), another likely choice is at No. 17, where the Ravens could get a playmaker for quarterback Joe Flacco.
NCAA statistics (catches/yards/TDs):
- 2007 — 43/622/6
- 2008 — 87/1,480/19
- 2009 — 17/323/4
- Total — 147/2,425/29
In case you missed it, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen have already been profiled. We also discussed the preliminary first-round draft order and number of 2010 NFL Draft picks for each team.