Dez Bryant had been suspended for an entire season at Oklahoma State. The Dallas Cowboys were determined to draft the wide receiver despite all the red flags.
Cowboys’ ex-scout Bryan Broaddus was on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas talking about scouting Dez:
“The worst I had ever seen of a background is the kid Dez Bryant. When you look at what he went through and then you’re talking about these players, and it’s hard for them to get away from these people in their lives because these people have been with them when they were nothing, when they were nobodies. All of a sudden you’re thinking ok, I’m going to turn my back on my three buddies here. I have to change, but they ain’t changing. I think if Dez Bryant was playing in St. Louis or Baltimore or Seattle, I think the fact that his family is here with him, I think that was a really hard adjustment for him. Hopefully from what we’ve seen, he’s managing that well. That’s the important thing.”
On if he belives Dez has changed:
“On Dez…that’s the thing as a personnel guy. You wake up. You don’t sleep at night. And when you wake up, you’re thinking did he go off the reservation today. That was something that we had to deal with. You deal with ok what happened, check TMZ, nothing happened, ok, we’re good for a day. You’re constantly worrying about players because they get put in terrible situations, sometimes by their own doing.”