Which OU draftee will have the best NFL career?

April, 30, 2012
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Seven Oklahoma players were selected in the 2012 NFL draft, giving the Sooners the second-most out of any school in the country. But which OU draftee will have the best NFL career? The SoonerNation staff gives its thoughts. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Which Oklahoma draftee will have the best NFL career?

Ryan Broyles
AP Photo/Sue OgrockiFormer Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles could have a major impact on the Detroit Lions.
Few players were drafted into a better situation than Ryan Broyles. The Lions already are prolific offensively -- all Broyles will have to do with Calvin Johnson commanding attention downfield is pick his spots underneath the coverage, something he did remarkably well during his college career. Broyles also will benefit from playing with one of the rising stars at quarterback in Matthew Stafford, who will love utilizing Broyles as a safety valve.

- Jake Trotter

Ryan Broyles will have the best NFL career because, well, he's Ryan Broyles. Extremely consistently and always looking to improve his skills, Broyles was the first Sooner drafted for a reason. Add his talents to an ideal situation in Detroit and the sky could be the limit for the dynamic receiver. While he will never fit the mold of a "No. 1 receiver," Broyles will have a lengthy and productive career in the NFL while becoming the type of player who is a key part of his team's offensive game plan week-by-week.

- Brandon Chatmon

I'm sticking with my answer from last week because nobody proved me wrong more times in his career than cornerback Jamell Fleming. I never saw the potential in him, but he earned being a third-round selection by the Arizona Cardinals last week. It feels like the combination of Fleming and Patrick Peterson in the secondary should be something Cardinals fans can be happy about for a long time to come. Fleming's confidence is rightfully at an all-time high, and barring a major injury, he should be a solid cornerback in the league for a number of years because of his physicality and athleticism.

- Bob Przybylo

As Jake and Brandon said above, Ryan Broyles was drafted into an ideal situation in Detroit, better than any other OU player. He has a 5,000-yard passer to throw to him and a role as the slot receiver already picked out. Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan loves to use a three-receiver set and Broyles is perfect for the slot. As ESPN.com writer Jeffri Chadiha wrote on Sunday, "if Broyles doesn't catch between 50-60 balls as a rookie, something went horribly wrong in Motown."

- Dane Beavers

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