Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 2/54 - Ryan Broyles, WR, 5-10, 192, Oklahoma...The Lions are convinced his surgically-repaired knee is sound and they were overwhelmed by his production. They see him as a faster version Wes Welker. - The Sports Xchange
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Broyles went down with a torn left ACL in November, but not before he became the NCAA leader with 349 career receptions. His health, in addition to limited size, height and bulk, is a hurdle but scouts believe in his work ethic and dedication.
Being unable to answer the bigger concern -- straight-line speed -- will drop him on many draft boards. Value hunters who appreciate him as a football player won't be swayed.
Broyles said he was ready to work out for teams just five months after his knee surgery, and if he proves healthy in pre-draft workouts he could shoot up to the middle rounds.
Positives: Shows quickness off the snap to shake off corners and create room. Separates with hesitation moves and nice acceleration. Hands and toughness are among his greatest strengths. Extends arms to snatch throws outside his frame. Good sideline awareness. Works the middle of the field effectively. An elusive runner with shifty hips and toughness. Has long arms to stiff-arm defensive backs in the open field. Willing to lower his pads to run through tackles for extra yardage. Goes over the middle, can spin out of tackles and take the big hit. Return skills come from that quick burst and his ability to wiggle through creases in full speed.
Negatives: Torn left ACL raises durability questions for a player whose speed has long been a concern. Will struggle to get off the jam at the next level because of his size. Dances more often than you'd like as a returner. Quick, not fast, and is often caught from behind. Gives effort, but he's not a blocking threat.
Broyles collegiate career ended on Nov. 5 with a torn ACL vs. Texas A&M but the receiver had already made his mark on several record books. Broyles broke the NCAA career record for receptions in the season's sixth game and finished with 349 catches during his career while ending up second on the NCAA all-time career receiving yards chart with 4,586 yards, just 420 yards from the NCAA rcord in the category. Broyles also broke the Big 12 record for career receiving touchdowns with 45.
The Biletnikoff Award finalist had more than 100 yards receiving in seven of nine games this season and a touchdown in seven of nine with multiple receiving touchdowns in four games. He had four games with at least 13 receptions and broke his own record for receiving yards in a game with 217 yards at Kansas.
Consensus All-American ... Biletnikoff Award finalist ... consensus All-Big 12 ... No. 2 in the NCAA receptions (131), No. 4 in receiving yards (1,622) ... owns 10 school records, nine that were set in 2010 -- receptions in a game (15 vs. Iowa State), season receptions, career receptions, receiving yards in a game (208 vs. Colorado), season receiving yards, career receiving yards, season TD receptions (14), career touchdown receptions, season 100-yard games and career 100-yard games ... a reception in 38 consecutive games ... three receiving TDs vs. Colorado and Texas Tech (five career three-TD games) ... over 100-yard mark in 12 of last 16 games and scored TD in 12 of last 17 ... had 10+ receptions in five games ... career-long 81-yard TD reception vs. Colorado ... has 16 plays of 40+ yards in his career ... Returned 34 punts for 268 yards, two kickoffs for 32 yards … No. 7 at OU with 4,372 all-purpose yards, No. 4 with 906 career punt return yards.
All-Big 12 first team punt returner by ESPN.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Kansas City Star, Phil Steele and Waco Tribune Herald ... All- Big 12 second team by AP, coaches and Dallas Morning News ... set an OU season record with 89 receptions and tied TD mark at 15 ... yardage total of 1,120 ranks No. 3 at OU ... his 1,776 all purpose yards rank No. 9 at OU and 492 punt return yards rank No. 5 ... set OU record with 6.61 catches/game ... ranked No. 4 nationally in punt return yards (15.87), No. 11 in receiving yards (93.33) and No. 12 in receptions per game (7.42) ... left Miami game with a shoulder injury on second offensive play and missed the Baylor game ... MVP and Offensive MVP of Sun Bowl with 13 receptions (OU and Sun Bowl Record) for a career-high 156 yards and three TDs (OU bowl and Sun Bowl record) ... five multi-score games.
11 catches each vs. Tulsa and Kansas ... three TD receptions vs. Idaho State, Tulsa and Stanford ... first career rushing TD came vs. Texas A&M (25 yards) ... career-high 209 punt return yards vs. Oklahoma State, including a career-long 87-yard return for a TD ... third player in school history to record 100-plus yards in one game in two different categories (209 punt returns and 103 receiving) vs. OSU ... had 316 all-purpose yards vs. OSU, the third-best total in school history ... first receiver in the 72 years in which stats have been tracked at OU to lead team in scoring.
Suspended the first game of the season for violating team rules. Had the most yards ever by an OU freshman receiver and tied for the most catches … produced a seven-catch, 141-yard effort against Cincinnati in his first collegiate game, set an OU record for receiving yards by a freshman … had two receiving TDs against Washington, including a career-long 77-yarder … touchdown receptions against Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech … racked up 134 all-purpose yards versus Texas A&M … exceeded 50 receiving yards in five games … took over as team's primary punt returner with 23 returns for 223 yards … had a 68-yard punt return TD against Kansas State.
Arrested in August 2007 for larceny after getting code/key to get free gasoline from station after-hours. Redshirted.
Had 73 tackles and six interceptions as a senior ... recorded 44 catches for 908 yards and eight touchdowns, and rushed for 345 yards and 12 touchdowns ... averaged 20.6 yards per catch ... during his senior season, he scored touchdowns as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner ... career 79 receptions for 1,688 yards and 18 scores ... career 157 tackles and 20 picks ... named to the 6A-2 all-district team ... chosen for the All-American Offense-Defense Bowl ... selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team ... clocked at 4.51 40-yard dash ... first-team all-state by Tulsa World and The Oklahoman ... earned all-city honors as a junior ... also recruited as a basketball player, averaging 18 ppg.
Parents: Edward and Stephanie Moore ... coached by Butch Peters ... born April 9, 1988.
Draft Scout Player News
12/31/12 - WR Ryan Broyles is on pace to at least be a limited participant in OTAs following his second major knee surgery in two years.
12/06/12 - WR Ryan Broyles underwent surgery Thursday to repair the ACL on his right knee. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
11/23/12 - WR Ryan Broyles, starting in place of Titus Young (inactive), had a mixed day. His six catches for 126 yards set his career high, but he had two costly drops – one in overtime and a touchdown pass earlier in the game. "I left some plays out there," he said. "Just uncharacteristic; dropped balls, dropped a touchdown pass. The negative stuff sticks out to me right now. I have to clean that stuff up."
11/20/12 - WR Ryan Broyles doesn't do anything except catch passes. He has been thrown to just 18 times this season, but he's made the catch on 15 of those.
11/04/12 - WR Ryan Broyles, filling the big shoes of injured Nate Burleson, caught six passes for 52 yards. "I am really confident in him," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "He's a smart kid, he wants to be good and he's winning for me. You win (your matchup) and you get the ball."
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