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Prospect Visits to PBS

Annually, NFL teams are allotted a limited number of personal visits with draft prospects at their home facilities. We reported earlier that Texas CB/S Earl Thomas was to visit PBS, but Joe Reedy has the scoop on some additional visits, including WR Dez Bryant:

Bryant could slip to the Bengals at 21 due to the Monday’s workout and plenty of off-the-field questions. The former Oklahoma State receiver was suspended by the NCAA in September for lying to investigators

dezbryantBryant, the WR from Oklahoma State, has generally been targeted in the top 15 in most mock drafts and its been assumed he’ll be long gone before the Bengals pick at 21.  However, with more and more scrutiny being placed on some off-field incidents in his past and a slower than expected 40 time at his pro day, some experts are now saying he might slip.  Hobson says it’s unlikely the team will draft Bryant since they already have anyother Bryant (Antonio) in the fold. 

I disagree.  If he’s available, and if he’s the highest graded player on the team’s board, they will take him, regardless of who’s on the roster.  The Bengals will certainly draft at least one WR, and I see no reason why it wouldn’t happen in round one if they like the player.  They must like Bryant if they are using one of their visits on him, and he’d be a  value at 21.

Other players confirmed to be making visits are Minnesota WR Eric Decker, who Charlie Casserly really likes, and Florida CB Joe Haden.  Reedy also mentions that UC’s Marty Gilyard, a local favorite who’s looking at going in the 2nd-3rd rounds, will visit PBS as part of the annual local players workout. 

More on the draft in the days to come…

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