- Jul 26, 2004
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Fueled by an aggressive effort from his agent to get the word out regarding his pre-draft visits, Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant is closing strong. Though the Browns aren't interested (unless they're simply trying to hide their interest), plenty of teams are.
And there's a legitimate belief that Bryant deserves the benefit of the doubt. Despite his decision to lie to the NCAA and the possibility that he has an issue with showing up on time and an inability to acknowledge it, plenty of guys making plenty of money playing football have done far worse.
"People who know me know I'm not a bad guy," Bryant told Peter King of SI.com. "I made a mistake. I learned from it. I think it matured me. What I want these teams to know is I never committed a crime. I've never been in trouble with the police. Don't smoke weed. Don't drink. Whoever drafts me is going to get a dedicated, hard-working player.''
And so the question will be whether a team is willing to bank on the fact that Bryant knows right from wrong and, when given the choice, consistently will choose to do the right thing.