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Dez Bryant says LeBron would be “beast” in NFL

Aug 2, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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As NFL training camps open, it’s time for that annual barstool debate:

Could LeBron James play in the NFL?

There are plenty of doubters who love to question LeBron’s toughness (just go check out the flopping comments on this post as they roll in). However, in the “yes he can” column I bring you outspoken Cowboy’s wide receiver Dez Bryant. Here is what he told

“That dude is just that talented,” said Bryant, who is coming off a breakout season of 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. “I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he’s supposed to do. I think that’s all he’d need with his physical ability.

“I’ve seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He’s got the hands, he can run the routes, he’s fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together.”

At 6’8”, 240 pounds, with good quickness, great hands and the ability to out-jump pretty much any defender, you could see LeBron as a tight end in the NFL. Lob the ball up high in the end zone and he could go get it. I don’t think anyone questions the physical tools. That said, I also imagine some free safeties’ eyes would get as big as dinner plates watching a target that large come across the middle to catch a pass — there would be some thunderous hits.

LeBron loves football (remember he and Kevin Durant had teams for a flag football), but he kind of wisely gave that up to focus on basketball. He’s done pretty well for himself that way.

By the way, Chris Paul was at Dallas camp… he’s not really built for the NFL. But he sounded like a wide-eyed fan.

“I’m like a little kid,” Paul told reporters at the end of practice. “I’ve done a lot of good things in my career, but this is one of the highlights of my life. These guys probably have no clue what it means to me. I used to act like I was Ken Norton in the backyard playing middle linebacker.”

  1. cavemanna - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    LBJ= PED

  2. hollymeus - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    troy polamalu can destroy LeBron’s body

    • antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Polamalu = 5’10, 200
      LeBron = 6’8 265

      Tiny Troy would get humiliated by the L-Train.

  3. oms0004 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    LBJ would translate to a transcendent OLB in a 3-4.
    Ability to cover space: Check
    Slick moves to the point of impact (the rim, the qb): check
    A brain: Check
    6’8″ range that is unseen at that level creating broken up passes and INTs: check
    Sign him up and give him number 99.

  4. bbk1000 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    How well would flops work in the NFL?

    I can see him now, flopping to the ground as only he can, all the while the play developing around him, then getting up and tugging on his jersey swearing he was grabbed….

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