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Dez Bryant to work out for Cowboys

Hard to figure out where Dez Bryant lands in the coming draft but as this ESPN report suggests, at least one team thinks he might be available late in the first round.

ESPN is reporting the Cowboys, which own the No. 27 overall selection in the first round, will bring the Oklahoma State wide receiver to their Valley Ranch facility for a private workout on April 1. Bryant will conduct a workout for all NFL teams March 30 in his hometown of Lufkin, Tex.

It wasn't that long ago that Dolphins fans were hoping, praying that Bryant would be available at No. 12 when the Dolphins pick.

But Bryant's well-documented history, his suspension by the NCAA last year for lying, and the fact he hasn't worked out this offseason has caused his stock to tumble somewhat. Bryant has been nursing a hamstring injury and didn't work out at the Indianapolis Combine or at the Oklahoma State Pro Day.

Several draft "experts" now see Bryant going as low as 22nd to the Patriots or below that, which is where the Cowboys would start to factor.

[Update 6 p.m.: Count ESPN's Todd McShay among the experts saying Bryant is dropping.

"Dez Bryant is most likely not going to be a top five pick," McShay said on a national conference call, "and there's a good chance he's not going to go in the top 10, 11 spots."


"Does he lose focus every once in awhile catching the ball? Yes. Does he need a little work as a route-runner? Yes," McShay said. "But that has nothing to do with where he’s going to wind up going.

"Dez Bryant’s character is impacting where he goes. It is the biggest detractor."]

Of course that would mean he would be available when Miami picks. Should the Dolphins pull the trigger?