Dez Bryant met with the Ravens before being drafted

October 08, 2012|By Aaron Wilson

Shortly before the NFL draft three years ago, the Ravens flew in mercurial wide receiver Dez Bryant for a visit.

The Oklahoma State standout met with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Harbaugh and went out to dinner with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

However, Bryant was drafted by Dallas with the 24th overall pick of the first round. And the Ravens subsequently traded their 25th overall pick to the Broncos, dropping out of the first round in exchange for second-round, third-round and fourth-round selections used to pick linebacker Sergio Kindle and tight ends Pitta and Ed Dickson.

It's unclear if the Ravens would have drafted Bryant, a talented player whose character drew red flags on several NFL teams' draft boards.

Although Bryant has been involved in multiple controversies off the field, he's caught 129 career passes for 1,758 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“We liked him,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Whether we would have taken him with that pick if we hadn't traded out, I really don't know. He's a good player. He's a really talented guy.”


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