The release of Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin created some obvious holes on the line and in the secondary so what does Jerry Jones do on the first night of the NFL Draft? He goes out and gets a receiver.

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant and all his theatrics and controversy are coming to Valley Ranch. The Cowboys traded up from 27th to 24th and also gave the Patriots their round pick but also received New England's fourth round pick in the deal.

The NCAA suspended him for ten games for lying to an NCAA investigator for failing to dislose his interaction with former Cowboy Deion Sanders.


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Bryant only played in three games for Oklahoma State but solidified his first round status in 2008 with 19 receiving touchdowns. He also had two punt returns for touchdowns and that potential to be an explosive returner in the NFL gives Bryant a chance to make a difference.

'We do think he can come in and return quickly," said Jerry Jones. It may be dicey for Bryant to crack the starting lineup of Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams but Jones is happy with the luxury he has to bring Bryant along slowly. "Sometimes it takes young receivers a little while to get going and used to pro football and get his feet wet. A lot of them can come and be returners and make a quick impact," Jones said.

Jones passed on Randy Moss after questioning character issues but believes the situation is different for Bryant and claims he didn't revisit the Moss decision when making this one. Jones maintains that the situation with the NCAA doesn't indicate the type of character he's seen out of Bryant during the Cowboys evaluation of the receiver.

"I wouldn't have drafted him if I had not felt that he would have been a real significant player for the Cowboys," Jones said. "We had him as one of the top rated players, we had him in the top ten in all of the draft."