Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant, whose character questions have caused him to plummet on some teams' draft boards, won't be on the Jaguars' board at all, according to Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union.
Bryant, who was suspended last season for violating NCAA rules stemming from unauthorized contact with former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders in his capacity as a representative for agent Eugene Parker, is considered a top 10 talent by many draft experts. But the Jaguars, who have the 10th overall pick, will look elsewhere when it's their turn to make a selection.
It's more than just staying away from Bryant (pictured); it's the Jaguars' history of botched picks at wide receiver that is just crucial here. Since 2000, the team has used first-round picks to take R. Jay Soward, Reggie Williams and Matt Jones. None of the three panned out, and all were not only unproductive on the field, but troubled off it due to drug and alcohol problems.
"I would say that we remain open-minded," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "Like running back, we'd take a receiver. I think we could use a guy to bring into the mix to compete. So I wouldn't rule out that position."
But according to Wright, the Jaguars have ruled out Bryant as an option.
The team is in the market for a receiver to play opposite Mike Sims-Walker. The Jags released Torry Holt after just one season with the team. Among the candidates on the roster to get more playing time: Troy Williamson (a first-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2005 who didn't pan out in Minnesota), Kassim Osgood, Jarett Dillard and Mike Thomas.