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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 | ESPN Insider

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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