Prospect of the Day: Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
Projected round: Late 2nd-Early 5th round
Matt De-Lima of fftoolbox.com
said this about Broyles:
Ryan Broyles makes the most of his diminutive stature with quickness and above average route running. He may have great production at Oklahoma, but he's not a sure bet draft prospect. He'll need to continue working on his ability to separate from defenders and find openings in zone coverage.
His future will be in the slot. One trait that's hard to define is that Broyles is a very smooth runner. He can change direction without losing speed and he can really illustrate this on short slants and drags over the middle if the quarterback can lead the pass correctly. Given his small size, his straight-line speed is average. He can create mismatches against linebackers and safeties, but lacks the high-end speed to stretch the field. There have also been some injury concerns due to his sleek frame. Broyles is at his best when he can juke or make a small cut in order to create separation. Teams that focus on bumping him through his route can throw off his timing since he doesn't deal well with physical play.
This may sound pretty decent, but what you need to know is that Broyles tore his ACL earlier in the year, and is still in need of recovery time. However, according to this website
and several other sources, Broyles is capable of running a 4.7 time....on a hurt ACL. That's impressive.
According to MockingtheDraft.com
, Broyles is simular to Mario Manningham. Probably not a #1 wideout, but a slot guy who can slash zone coverage.
Before going down with an ACL injury, Ryan Broyles, a Norman, Oklahoma native, had 1157 yards and 10 touchdowns. During his entire career, Broyles had 4586 yards and 65 touchdowns. That is the most a college WR has ever had in history. And that was while missing 4 games his senior year. The Oklahoma offense was visably different after Broyles got injured, and showed it deeply relied on him.
Walterfootball.com puts him as a 4th round pick, and has him going to the one and only Chiefs. Walterfootball.com also reports that Broyles is a hard worker, with great character. Pioli will love that.
Where I think he fits in:
I think that we could take Ryan Broyles if he falls to the 4th round. Above that, we have other needs worth addressing, since wideout is strength for our team. Pioli will likely be impressed with Broyle's character and work ethic. Pioli is also known to go for steals in the middle of the draft like Justin Houston and Tony Moeaki, so Broyles makes sense. Broyles could have been as high as a first rounder if he had not injured himself late in his senior season. I believe Broyles is going to be a player like Torrey Smith, speedy and will make an huge impact his rookie year (if he has recovered enough to do so). Oviously, he is going to need to be more physical to be successful in the NFL.. I'm pretty high on him (Which explains why I made him one of my earlier posts). What do you guys think? You like him?