Posted by Albert Breer May 10, 2010 05:00 PM
I was watching Blackwell a few tables over and one row up. For more than seven minutes of the 10-minute window the Patriots had to make a pick, Blackwell sat staring fixated at the New England table. As the clock wound down to two minutes, Blackwell finally broke his gaze.Pretty interesting, how this months-long staredown between teams lying to one another and trying to deceive everyone comes to an end. With intentions right out there in the open.
That’s when I knew the Cowboys were drafting Dez Bryant. If the Cowboys were going to trade up for the Oklahoma State wide receiver, they needed to leapfrog the Baltimore Ravens at 25.
Blackwell’s eyes shifted quickly from the New England table to the work space on his own desk and he started writing. I knew the deal had been consummated. A few seconds later a trade was announced between the Patriots and Cowboys. A little while after that, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Bryant as the first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys.