Prospect Profile: Dez Bryant's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant inside.

Dez Bryant
School: Oklahoma State
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
Projected 40-Time: 4.52

Star Rating: Grade: 96
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Bryant has the size/speed combination that will make him successful at the next level.
AP/David Zalubowski

Strengths: Bryant is a big play threat who has the size/speed combination that teams covet at the wide receiver position. He uses his size to gain an advantage beating the jam off the line and is physical throughout his routes. He stays low on his release and positions himself to make receptions. He shields defenders away with his frame and uses his large hands to pull in passes away from his body. He adjusts well to errant throws and has a knack for the acrobatic. He’s dangerous after the catch and immediately transitions up field looking for a big gain. He’s elusive in the open field after the catch, displays great balance and vision and uses his strength to deliver a strong stiff-arm at the end of his run. He’s a willing blocker and can be dominant at times, especially against a smaller opposition.

Weaknesses: He’s not a burner and gains separation with his size, not his quickness. He has to improve his route running; he rounds off too many of his routes and allows defenders to break through and make a play on the ball. He allows the ball to get in on his body and tends to double catch easy passes. He doesn’t play with passion and is nonchalant in his approach.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter, who had his third year cut short due to an off-the-field incident that involved former NFL great Deion Sanders, Bryant played in just three games in 2009, but still impressed by hauling in 17 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. Bryant has the size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and big play ability that makes him attractive to teams in need of a tall, physical receiver who can have an immediate impact. There are a lot of teams in the top 15 that could use his services, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 5, Cleveland Browns at No. 7, Buffalo Bills at No. 9, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos at No. 10 or 11 and the Miami Dolphins at No. 12. It’s possible that Bryant will break into the top 10 with the Chiefs and Browns having the most interest, but there are concerns about his straight-line speed and that could force him out of the opening 10 selections. If that were to happen, the Broncos or Dolphins would be happy to add Bryant to their offense.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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