Ryan Broyles was the star of the University of Oklahoma receiving corps the past four years. The Detroit Lions' second-round selection did, however, miss a large portion of the 2011 season after tearing his ACL in early November.
Broyles is a possible long term starting wide receiver and should make an instant impact as one of the top slot candidates in the draft.
Height: 5’10” Weight: 192 pounds
Arm Length: 30.25" Hand Measurement: 9"
40-yard dash: 4.45 sec. Vertical Jump: 32.5"
2008: 13 Games, 8 Games Started; 46 Receptions, 687 Yards, 6 Touchdowns; 24 Punt Returns, 238 PR Yards
2009: 12 Games, 12 Games Started; 89 Receptions, 1120 Yards, 15 Touchdowns; 31 Punt Returns, 492 PR Yards; 4 Kick Returns, 81 KR yards
2010: 14 Games, 14 Games Started; 131 Receptions, 1622 Yards, 14 Touchdowns; 34 Punt Returns, 268 PR Yards; 2 Kick Returns, 32 KR yards
2011: 9 Games, 9 Games Started; 83 Receptions, 1157 Yards, 10 Touchdowns; 18 Punt Returns, 188 PR Yards
National Football Post's Wes Bunting breaks down his strengths:
Possesses average height for the position with a thinner, yet muscular frame. Isn't real thick through the waist, but has a strong set of legs and thighs. Is a natural receiver who has a good feel for the pass game, knows how to sit down vs. zone coverage, snap his head around and pluck the football.
Now for Broyles' weaknesses:
Doesn't have the kind of physicality to routinely beat press coverage off the line and will struggle to fend off defenders who get into his frame both off the line and down the field. Doesn't absorb/fight through contact well and can be slowed through contact....However, needs to set up defenders in order to get behind them, doesn't have the kind of elite second gear to simply outpace NFL corners.
Ryan Broyles will be a top slot receiver in the right system and should be able to contribute on special teams and in the slot initially.
Potential Impact in the NFL
Broyles could end up as a starting receiver long term in the NFL and will be an instant contributor, if only on special teams. He will need at least a year to fully recover his knee, but should be able to start out as an instant impact in the return game.