- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ryan Broyles stood on the Everest Indoor Facility turf watching Oklahoma’s pro day with envy in his eyes on Wednesday.
The former Sooners receiver couldn’t participate as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered against Texas A&M on Nov. 5, but Broyles' day could be coming soon. He expects to hold a private workout day of his own in April, before the NFL draft is held from April 26-28.
“In the back of my head I know I’m going to be able to show something before the draft,” Broyles said. “So that gives me strength, I know I’ll have time to get healthier and catch better.”
Broyles began running about a month and a half ago and has progressed into more football-related workouts recently as he continues to recover. Full recovery from an ACL injury can take 6 to 8 months but Broyles is ahead of schedule.
“I'm feeling healthy right now; another month goes by [and] I’ll be feeling really good,” Broyles said. “I feel confident, I’ve been doing light routes, light cutting. I’m not where I want to be, but I feel strong and my left leg is catching up to my right.”
It has been difficult for Broyles to sit out and watch as the physical portion of the NFL draft process plays itself out.
“Therapy is not fun but I go in every day trying to get better, just like I was on the football field,” he said. “[It’s tough] not being out there with the guys, these are the guys I have been grinding with, and they get to show what they have and I can’t do that. But I’m getting healthy, shooting for a pro day in April so I’ll have my opportunity.”
Broyles, who was projected as a second round pick before the injury, has received positive feedback from several NFL teams but declined to name them. One of the most productive receivers in NCAA history, Broyles already has the game film to back up his ability. Now he’s hoping to erase any concerns about his recovery when he holds his workout in April.
“At the end of the day I just have to impress one team and I’ll get my shot,” Broyles said.
The Norman, Okla., star expects to be fully recovered to participate in NFL OTAs shortly after the draft in early May.
“I’ll be full go by then,” he said.
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