The Patriots play the Cowboys on Sunday, and one of the players who will take the field for Dallas is mercurial WR Dez Bryant. The former first-round pick was one of several linked to the Patriots in 2010.
In fact, Bryant was there for the Patriots to grab at 24, but they traded that pick to the Cowboys instead. With Sunday’s game looming, it was a good time to revisit the issue, one that involved a player with some red flags. It is relevant, of course, as the Patriots search for a deep threat, still.
How close did the Patriots come to drafting Bryant?
“We really scout all the players in the draft,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Again, our scouting staff definitely scouts them all. There are certain players that I don’t spend too much time on just because of where they’re going to be drafted and what our opportunity is to get them. We definitely did our work on Bryant. I think the things that we see: he’s a big receiver, a strong guy, hard to match up on outside, hard guy to tackle a...