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Personnel Points: Broyles impresses

The Oklahoma wide receiver had a big day against the Kansas State Wildcats

Originally Published: October 31, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Ryan BroylesJeff Moffett/Icon SMIRyan Broyles has dependable hands that should serve him well in the NFL.

Each week, Mel Kiper gives updates on another group of prospects who have caught his eye, some well-known, others well under the radar.


Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma Sooners

In Oklahoma's 58-17 win against the previously undefeated Kansas State Wildcats, Broyles had 14 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. The first thing you like about the 5-foot-10, 188-pound wide receiver is his production. In 2008, he set the school record for most receiving yards by a freshman with 687 on 46 grabs. As a senior, he becomes the all-time leader in receptions in Division I-A history with 347 and counting. You don't end up with that many catches without having good hands and knowing how to get open on a consistent basis.

While not a speed burner, Broyles has impressive run-after-the-catch ability, which was on display against the Wildcats. And after failing to impress as a returner in 2010, he's averaging a very respectable 10.4 yards per punt return this season. While there are others at the position who possess a lot more upside, Broyles qualifies as a very safe pick and should be able to have a long and prosperous NFL career as a No. 3 wideout.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst