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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t think a season-ending knee injury will necessarily affect Ryan Broyles' NFL Draft status.
“He has a huge body of work that's impressive,” Stoops said Tuesday. “I've already heard from one general manager that’s said, 'Look, just missing these last games, obviously we know what he's capable of.’ So there’s a lot of that that’ll be positive for him.”
Broyles, the FBS record-holder with 349 career receptions who also ranks second all-time with 4,586 receiving yards, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday against Texas A&M. Stoops said Broyles will wait a couple of weeks for the swelling to go down, then undergo surgery to repair the ligaments.
"Probably leading up to the draft, he won't be able to perform,” Stoops said. “But obviously they'll be able to check it out, that it's progressing just as it should, and hopefully that will still give him a good, strong opportunity. Again, the body of work, I know the professional people are impressed with.”
Stoops also said Broyles should be considered for postseason honors, even though he will miss OU’s final three regular season games. Broyles ranks second in the nation with 1,157 receiving yards, fourth with 83 receptions and fifth with 10 touchdown catches.
"Hopefully the All-America teams, the Biletnikoff, I would think he'd still be considered," Stoops said.
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