- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ryan Broyles isn’t worried about his NFL draft stock. All he cares about is getting a shot.
“My dream has always been to play in the NFL,” Oklahoma’s record-breaking receiver said Tuesday. “Not be a first-round draft pick. Just to be a pick.”
Broyles spoke with reporters for the first time since suffering a season-ending torn ACL on Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. Broyles had surgery performed on the knee the following week by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
Broyles said after the injury, he got an email from New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, a fellow Oklahoma City area native. Welker tore his ACL two years ago. Now, he leads the NFL in receiving.
“That definitely gave me reassurance,” Broyles said. “Other guys have been in the same situation.”
Broyles got off crutches this week, but still has weeks to go before he can start running again. He said won’t be able to work out for NFL scouts before the draft, which could hurt his status.
“If a team gives me a shot, I'm going to give it all I have,” Broyles said. “I had doubters coming out of high school, I'm sure I'll have doubters coming out of college. I'm just going to go in there and compete.”
Broyles had a chance to leave early for the NFL last year, but chose to come back for his senior season. Despite getting hurt, he ended his OU career as the FBS record holder with 349 career receptions. He also ranks second all-time with 4,586 receiving yards.