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Bryant's private workout not enough to eradicate scouts' concerns

Dez Bryant entered his private workout for NFL teams Tuesday in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, with a 10-person entourage and no cleats. He left with many questions unanswered about his status in next month's draft.

Bryant, considered the top wide receiver prospect in the draft, posted 40-yard-dash times of 4.52, 4.68 and 4.52 seconds, according to a scout in attendance. A second scout said he had Bryant at 4.53, 4.61 and 4.58 seconds. The Oklahoma State standout was asked to run the third time because of the discrepancy between the first two, the second of which was into the wind.

Bryant creates doubt

After a private workout that brought more questions than answers, Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant could end up sliding down draft boards, Mike Mayock says.

Bryant slipped while doing the short shuttle and the three-cone drill, an apparent result of him having to wear brand-new cleats for the workout. He had forgotten to bring his own shoes. Bryant performed the events a second time and had a 4.48-second short shuttle and a 7.21-second three-cone drill.

Bryant measured in at 6-foot-1½ and 224 pounds, and he had a 38-inch vertical leap and an 11-foot-1 broad jump.

There were a lot of questions about Bryant before Tuesday's session because a hamstring injury didn't allow him to work out at last month's NFL Scouting Combine. His vertical Tuesday would have tied him for the seventh-best mark among wide receivers at the combine, and his broad jump would have been the top mark, by an inch, among all participants.

Bryant dropped some passes early in his positional drills Tuesday, but he looked much better after getting into the flow of the drills with former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid.

Among the NFL coaches and executives in attendance were Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary and director of player personnel Trent Baalke, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and director of college scouting John Dorsey, Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach Eric Yarber and Oakland Raiders scout Cliff Branch.

Bryant has been working out with Duke Rousse, a New Orleans trainer whose NFL clients include Adam "Pacman" Jones, Darren Sharper, LaRon Landry, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Antonio Cromartie.

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