Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Ryan Broyles speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
It was really weird to type that 'former' in front of Ryan Broyles' name, but I suppose that is the reality of the situation. Broyles was one of those players who other teams' fans probably felt like he was at OU for 10 years and OU fans probably wish that he had been. It was bizarre to watch this offense without him last year after he went down with his knee injury and it will be just as odd to watch the OU offense without him this coming season.
However, as with all college players eventually they have to move on and that process was further established Thursday morning when Broyles took part in his own personal pro day. Just four and a half months removed from major knee surgery, the all time NCAA receptions leader showed just how far he has come in his rehabilitation.
The workout may have been somewhat brief, but Broyles came away happy with his performance overall. He had two attempts at the forty yard dash, posting a more than respectable 4.59 and 4.57 (unofficial). Considering most doctors told him to expect a eight to nine month recovery period, to post sub 4.60 forty times less than five months after his surgery was damn impressive.
There were multiple NFL team represented at the workout today reportedly including: Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Panthers, Broncos, Colts, Jags, Chiefs, Giants, Patriots, Eagles, and Titans. In addition, a guy whose opinion I don't really respect as the NFL draft guru he claims to be but does have sources within the NFL had the positive news below.
I'm told OKL WR Broyles ran 2 40's in mid/high 4.5-second range during today's workout.Good for him.Talked to 2 teams with 3rd rd grades— Todd McShay (@McShay13) April 12, 2012
On a personal level, couldn't have been happier to see Broyles do well today. If he slips in the draft, some lucky NFL team is going to get an absolute steal. The guy just has an innate ability to play the receiver position and there is zero doubt in my mind that he can have a long and successful NFL career.