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Cowboys make bold move for Bryant

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By Eric Edholm

The Cowboys live for these moments.

They love the draft, period. But when they get a chance to (a) trade up and (b) catch a falling star such as Dez Bryant, it’s like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled up in one.

This coming off a draft last year when the Cowboys traded back, traded back, traded back and landed … a really good kickoff guy?

I think Jerry Jones knew he had to make a big move here. And with Bryant on the board within sniffing distance, he made his move.

A safety? Get one later.

An offensive tackle? We have enough.

The Cowboys saw value and they leapt — no, pounced — at the chance to get a big-name player.

Start the Roy Williams chatter now. Again.

Since Williams has become a Cowboy, the talk about replacing him hasn’t been far behind. Jones gave up a lot for Williams, and he gave up some more to get Bryant. But if this kid is as good as his talent suggests and he can keep his head on straight, the Cowboys just hit a home run.

Throw out the bad Pro Day workout in which Bryant was slip-sliding around in brand-new cleats given to him by one of the shoe companies. He’s immature, yes, but the kid can play and he loves game day. Jones loves players who love the game. Now that’s a marriage.

It has been a few years since the Cowboys made a move like this and appear to have improved themselves immediately. If Bryant can start with a small role, learn how to be a pro and work on his route running, he could be a steal here.


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