OSU football notebook: Dez Bryant jumps Russell Okung on Kiper's Big Board

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: February 15, 2010
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photo - Former OSU receiver Dez Bryant is the eighth-ranked player in the NFL Draft, according to ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper.  PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN
Former OSU receiver Dez Bryant is the eighth-ranked player in the NFL Draft, according to ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper. PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN
Former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant is moving up ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper’s draft board. Bryant is the No. 8 overall player in the NFL Draft, according to Kiper. The Lufkin, Texas, native was No. 9 in previous rankings. Bryant is top-ranked receiver available.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung is ranked No. 10 overall after holding the eighth position in previous editions. Okung remains the top-ranked offensive tackle available.

Bryant and Okung also rank in the top 10 in Scout, Inc’s Top 100 draft eligible players on ESPN.com. Okung is the No. 7 player overall, No. 2 offensive tackle while Bryant is No. 10 player overall and top-ranked receiver. Cornerback Perrish Cox is the only other former Cowboy in the top 100, ranking No. 40 overall.

PLAYING EARLY?
Quarterback signee Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs received plenty of attention for his decision to enroll early and participate in spring football.

But Caleb Lavey will have plenty of eyes on him as another high school early enrollee. The linebacker from Celina, Texas, turned down offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, TCU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Nebraska and others.

Lavey has plenty of talent. He had 100-plus tackles for four-straight seasons. Yet, it remains to be seen when he’ll have an impact in Stillwater.

"We’ll find out this spring,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "Is he physical enough? Yes. Can he transform that to the field in terms of holding up and being durable and going through the grind of spring ball. We’ll find out.”



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