Would Parcells sign off on Dez Bryant?


Might the Miami Dolphins actually draft Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant with their 12th pick?

Bryant visited the Dolphins on Friday. Fans would love to see him in aqua and orange. He would fill a long-standing need.

Yet he doesn't seem like the type of player Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells would go after. Bryant is one of the more controversial players in this year's draft class, and he doesn't value receivers greatly.

A Parcells-led team has drafted only one receiver earlier than 28th, and that was against his will. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sided with head scout Bobby Grier and took Terry Glenn seventh overall in 1996, an event referenced in Parcells' infamous line "If you're going to cook the meal, they ought to let you shop for the groceries."

The report from Scouts Inc., citing multiple unnamed NFL scouts, notes Bryant "comes with some emotional baggage" from a tough upbringing. The NCAA suspended him 10 games last year for lying in an investigation related to whether he broke agent rules in his dealings with mentor Deion Sanders.

But Bryant is an elite prospect. Maybe the Dolphins are more willing to take a chance on a dynamic player with a checkered past.

Parcells, general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano are entering their third season together. They've established an organizational template, identified their core leadership in the locker room and now might be ready push the limits with a player who hasn't fit their profile in the past. They recently signed notorious hothead guard Richie Incognito.

The Dolphins have needed a receiver since they shipped Chris Chambers to the San Diego Chargers at the 2007 trade deadline.

They especially need a downfield option now that Chad Henne has become their starting quarterback. Last year, Henne threw to a group assembled with Chad Pennington in mind. Henne's arm is much better than Pennington's. Henne can utilize a deep threat much more effectively.

Bryant looks like he should be a weapon who can open up the offense.