SOTT: Draft Profile Ryan Broyles
The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
Ryan Broyles is our next topic in our draft profile series, and we enlist the help from our friend and Oklahoma alumni therealAllenOU. We discuss one of the best players in college football history to lineup at the wide receiver position and at 5’10″ and 188 lbs., he will have to over come the “too small” tag. Also, having suffered a torn ACL to end his Senior season prematurely, Broyles has another hurdle to overcome to prove he is NFL ready.
Can you give us some background on Ryan Broyles?
He red-shirted as a freshman in 2007, and then in his first game in 2008 he had 7 receptions for 141 yards, both were Oklahoma records. Oklahoma and the fans knew he was going to be special after that first game. His best year was 2010 BY FAR. He had 131 receptions for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowons. As a Sooner, he went on to become the NCAA career receptions leader with 349 catches in 48 games.
Can you tell us the strengths and weakness of Broyles game.
Strengths - GREAT HANDS. Catches everything. That’s the main reason we are fond of him. He is quick and shows that with a great first step. His ability to change direction well and when he cuts he is able to get back to full speed quickly. Broyles is an above average route runner that has a knack for reading defenses and finding holes in a zone. He gives NFL teams scouting him something to think about with being able to return kicks, as a kick or punt returner.
Weaknesses - He is listed at 5-11 188 lbs, which obviously isn’t that big. He won’t wow you with his straight line speed, but he does have enough speed at the college level to create separation. At the next level I can see him having trouble getting separation against NFL competition. As a freshman he ran a 4.51 (40 yard dash). The knee is a concern, but he personally told me he has been running on it since Jan 29th, he injured the knee on November 5, 2011.
What did he mean to the Oklahoma team and community?
After he got injured last year in the Texas A&M game, it was pretty apparent he meant EVERYTHING to this team. The offense and defense fell apart without him and was another blow to an already emotional team. Landry Jones looked uncomfortable and lost without him at times. As far as to the community, the guy was always around helping out the kids and signing everything he could.
Does his size play a factor for him at the next level?
Unfortunately it does, but not as much as most think. He is probably a slot wide receiver and punt returner in the NFL, but could develop into a legit #2 option in the right system.
Does his punt return ability make him even more valuable?
I think it does. Even if he can’t contribute the first year as a wide receiver, he can step in and return punts right away, provided he is healthy. He has plus vision and rarely does the running sideways and backwards he gets upfield in a hurry. He is smart and usually makes the right decision to field it or call for a fair catch. Only had ONE muffed punt in his career including his high school days, and that was in the rain.
How do you see Broyles projecting at the next level?
I see him being a good slot option, and one of the better punt returners in the league as soon as year two. Beyond that I’m not sure. It really depends on the team, system, and coach he ends up playing for and that health of the knee. I don’t see him going any earlier than the 3rd or early 4th rounds.