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Bucs take a look at Okla. State WR Dez Bryant

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Here's a leftover item of note from Tuesday that I neglected to mention.

The Bucs sent new receivers coach Eric Yarber to Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant in Lufkin, Texas on Tuesday. No, this doesn't mean the Bucs are targeting Bryant specifically, but it does mean he's someone they would probably consider if their position in the draft changed.

If the Bucs stay at the No. 3 overall slot, there's probably no way Bryant is considered one of their options. However, if the Bucs for some reason decide to trade down -- and the likelihood of this isn't necessarily great -- then I could see Bryant being a decent option.

But there's a lot of talk that he did little to help himself after Monday's workout with some good and some bad. He surprisingly ran slower than 4.5 seconds on both his 40-yard dash attempts, for example.

Mike Mayock of NFL.com says in a video report from the workout that he could envision Bryant being selected anywhere between No. 10 and No. 25 overall, in large part because of his off-the-field concerns but also because of his slightly disappointing workout.

If the Bucs determine their best option is to trade down, and they can find a willing partner, then Bryant suddenly comes into play in Tampa Bay. That's why the Bucs are doing their due diligence on a receiver who could become a game breaker in the NFL.

UPDATE: The Bucs are now reportedly scheduled to host Bryant for a pre-draft visit. He's scheduled to be in Dallas tonight and Thursday and will also stop in Cincinnati.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:58pm]

    

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