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Former Panther Dez Bryant visits Dallas Cowboys

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DallasCowboys.com Report
April 1, 2010 5:07 PM

IRVING, Texas - On Thursday the Cowboys wrapped up their visits with national prospects, hosting 10 potential draftees for interviews and medical tests.

The athletes who dropped by Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch were South Florida safety Nate Allen, Kentucky fullback John Conner, Arizona State linebacker Travis Goethel, Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor, Ole Miss guard/tackle John Jerry, LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell, Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty, Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick and Florida guard/center Maurkice Pouncey.

But the biggest name to sit down with coaches, scouts and executives this week might have been Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who also met with DallasCowboys.com.

You've toured the facility and met everyone behind the Cowboys today, including the man in charge. What was it like to meet Jerry Jones?

"It was great. I look at him as a celebrity. Jerry's everywhere. I just loved being around him."

How did your meetings go with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and receivers coach Ray Sherman?

"The meeting was great. We went through some plays for a little bit. I got them for the most part. That was fun. They both had me watch film a little bit. That was exciting. I got everything down, I think, so that was great. (Sherman) is a great person - they're all great."

What's been the hardest part of the draft process for you?

"The hardest part has been answering questions, personal questions about my life. But I feel like I took care of them. Besides that point, everything else has been great."

How excited are you for draft day?

"I'm very excited. I wouldn't mind coming here, I'll say that. Draft day will be great for my family."

It's been a while since the NCAA suspension. How ready are you to play football, just to have the chance to put the pads on?

But the biggest name to sit down with coaches, scouts and executives this week might have been Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who also met with DallasCowboys.com.

You've toured the facility and met everyone behind the Cowboys today, including the man in charge. What was it like to meet Jerry Jones?

"It was great. I look at him as a celebrity. Jerry's everywhere. I just loved being around him."

How did your meetings go with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and receivers coach Ray Sherman?

"The meeting was great. We went through some plays for a little bit. I got them for the most part. That was fun. They both had me watch film a little bit. That was exciting. I got everything down, I think, so that was great. (Sherman) is a great person - they're all great."

What's been the hardest part of the draft process for you?

"The hardest part has been answering questions, personal questions about my life. But I feel like I took care of them. Besides that point, everything else has been great."

How excited are you for draft day?

"I'm very excited. I wouldn't mind coming here, I'll say that. Draft day will be great for my family."

It's been a while since the NCAA suspension. How ready are you to play football, just to have the chance to put the pads on?

But the biggest name to sit down with coaches, scouts and executives this week might have been Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who also met with DallasCowboys.com.

You've toured the facility and met everyone behind the Cowboys today, including the man in charge. What was it like to meet Jerry Jones?

"It was great. I look at him as a celebrity. Jerry's everywhere. I just loved being around him."

How did your meetings go with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and receivers coach Ray Sherman?

"The meeting was great. We went through some plays for a little bit. I got them for the most part. That was fun. They both had me watch film a little bit. That was exciting. I got everything down, I think, so that was great. (Sherman) is a great person - they're all great."

What's been the hardest part of the draft process for you?

"The hardest part has been answering questions, personal questions about my life. But I feel like I took care of them. Besides that point, everything else has been great."

How excited are you for draft day?

"I'm very excited. I wouldn't mind coming here, I'll say that. Draft day will be great for my family."

It's been a while since the NCAA suspension. How ready are you to play football, just to have the chance to put the pads on?

"I'm anxious. I can't believe it's about to happen again. As soon as draft day is over with it's about five days before I get back in the pads again. It'll feel great to get out there and run routes again."

You said you would like to play for the Cowboys, but they aren't picking until No. 27. Is it a tough balance of wanting to be drafted high, but also go to a place that fits?

"I wouldn't mind being a high draft pick, but to me it's just a blessing, and it should be a blessing to anyone no matter where they get picked; just to get to play football, just to get drafted into the NFL. Not too many people get that chance. So if you're a great player it doesn't matter. If I get drafted 27th to the Cowboys that would be great. I feel like they would have a great pick."

You've had to answer a lot of hard questions this spring. Would that better prepare you for the spotlight if you were drafted here?

"Yeah, it would. But most people who know me know that I'm a great person. I don't get into any trouble. With the whole NCAA thing I just felt like every little, small thing that came out it looked like I was a bad person, which I'm not. I'm easy to get along with, I love to have fun, all my teammates loved me back at Oklahoma State. I have a good time. I've never been in trouble with the police or anything like that."

How tough has it been on your family to hear all the talk of character concerns?

"It's been tough, but at the same time, it happens. Those same guys putting that stuff out will be the same guys who put out that you're doing good things. We just look at it and move on, because at the end of the day everything is going to work out."

What is your relationship with Deion Sanders like today, and what did he tell you after the suspension?

"It's still good. It never changed. He never did anything wrong to me. He told me to keep my head up; everything's going to be all right. We know what happened, and things are going to fall back into place."

Was it tough to watch your teammates play in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium?

"It was very tough having to see my team play here, and in the other games. It was real tough. But by that time I had gotten over it. I was just supporting my teammates. It was great."

Do you think your workout went well on Tuesday, anything you would take back?

"No, I don't want to take it back, but I feel it could've been a little better. I feel like I did good. Scouts want to know if I can still run, run routes, catch the football, and I feel like I showed that. I feel like once I get back on the field and get back right, back to the point I want to be, things are going to be great. I still have the natural ability that God gave me."

Was it bothersome to you that the big story that came out from the workout was that you forgot your shoes?

"It was kind of funny. I looked at it like, are you serious? It came out that I forgot my shoes? I had six pairs of shoes with me in my bag that my trainer was falling me around with. It's just that I needed that one particular shoe. Some guys want that shoe, even though they've got another shoe. It's just that one particular shoe they like. That's how I was, and I didn't have it. But they've made an issue out of that even though it wasn't a big issue."

How do you think you would fit in here, with Miles Austin and Roy Williams already on board?

"I feel like it would be a great fit. I went in with coach, and we went over some plays. There are a lot of similarities to what we did at Oklahoma State, so I was excited about that. I feel like it would be good."

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