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Well I guess teams are trying to get Bruce Campbell and Dez Bryant to fall to them. Note Mayock is doing somebody bidding it seems.
Mayock applies "buyer beware" tag to Bruce Campbell
Posted by Mike Florio on March 1, 2010 7:39 AM ET
Our item from Saturday regarding Maryland's Bruce Campbell, who put up eye-popping numbers at the Scouting Combine as an offensive lineman but with whom multiple teams have yet to fall in love, sparked a mixed bag of responses. One league source insisted that Campbell is a sure-fire first-round pick -- another one said that Campbell "tests better than he plays."
It could be the first concrete example in 2010 of the strange dynamic that plays out in the pre-draft buildup. Teams that love a guy will put out bad opinions about him, in the hopes that the player will still be on the board when they use their pick. Teams that hate a guy will talk him up, with the goal of getting someone else to waste a pick on him, thereby pushing the rest of the draft pool one step farther down the ladder.
In Campbell's case, however, a guy who studies this stuff as closely as anyone was candid. Mike Mayock placed the "buyer beware" tag on Campbell during Sunday's excellent NFLN coverage, explaining that the former Terp has a lot of "average" film.
And that's the most direct tie to Jets linebacker Vernon Gholston, whose stellar workout numbers and Paul Orndorff physique got the team to overlook plenty of subpar film. Though we've come to greatly respect the recent efforts of Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, just think about how much better that team could be if they'd drafted an actual contributor with the sixth overall pick two seasons ago.
Of course, the Campbell comment wasn't Mayock's best of the day. When a former BYU player prepared to run the 40-yard dash, Mayock said, "They aren't allowed to have s3x until they're married so they all get married at 17."
Cue Maureen Stapleton lecturing Griffin Dunne in Johnny Dangerously.
"Buyer beware" on Dez Bryant, too
Posted by Mike Florio on March 1, 2010 8:05 AM ET
Bruce Campbell isn't the only guy who's prompting league insiders to try to temper their potential infatuation with a possible first-round pick. But while Campbell's negatives come from review of his game film, former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant's suspension for lying to investigators is part of what Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports characterizes based on three unnamed sources as "consistently irresponsible" behavior.
Said one source of Bryant, who passed on all workouts at the Scouting Combine: "I wouldn't draft that kid unless I had someone to wake him up in the morning to get to meetings, someone to wake him up for practice and someone to wake him up for games." Another source backed up the contention that Bryant was "consistently late" for team activities.
But while the man who called himself a "great person" in an NFL Network interview (and few people who publicly describe themselves a certain way are ever truly what they describe themselves to be) has been characterized as more "goofy" than malicious, we continue to hear concerns regarding the truthfulness of his a.ssertion that he didn't know who agent Eugene Parker was during the time that Bryant was communicating with Deion Sanders.
It's a contention that some league insiders find even harder to believe in light of the fact that the son of Parker's partner, Roosevelt Barnes, was a teammate of Bryant's at Oklahoma State. But, hey, maybe a room full of college athletes who hope to get paid to do something that doesn't involve punching a clock would have no interest at all in knowing that the father of one of their teammates is a big-time agent who works with another big-time agent.
UPDATE: Responding to this item via Twitter, Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that "[t]he stories about him around combine should frighten teams."