Has good speed and burst to separate on the quick throws over the middle. Has good straight-line burst after the catch and able to make the first defender out. Accelerates into his route and get downfield. Has good hands and consistently catches the ball away from his body. Will go up for the ball over the middle, and has the body control to avoid hits in traffic. Able to make the cut block on the edge to help spring the runner. Can contribute as a punt returner, able to make the first defender miss and can bounce a play outside.
Lacks top-end speed and lacks the homerun ability as a punt returner. Can struggle in traffic due to his lack of size. May not be able to beat the jam. Will muff some punts.
Broyles is a super-productive slot receiver that was Oklahoma's go-to receiver for the past three years. His senior year was cut short by a torn ACL. It was one of several injuries he suffered throughout his collegiate career, which raises his durability issues for the next level. But he's a solid slot receiver that has excellent hands and ball skills, and while he lacks elite burst and speed he can make plays. Got in trouble as a redshirt freshman for stealing gasoline, which resulted in him being suspended for the year.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(10/8) vs. Texas: 1 key block; 1 penalty (illegal block); 12 targets, 9 rec., 122 yds (13.6 avg), 60 YAC (6.7 avg), 1 TDs, 1 drop
(10/29) at Kansas St: 17 tgt., 14 rec., 171 yds (12.2 avg), 101 YAC (7.2 avg), 1 TDs, 0 drops
2011: 9 GP/9 GS, 83 catches, 1157 yds, 13.9 avg, 10 TDs; 19 PR-10.3 avg, 0 TDs
2010: 14/14-131-1622-12.4-14; 34-7.9-0
2009: 12/12-89-1120-12.6-15, 31-15.9-1
2008: 13/8-46-687-14.9-6; 24-9.9-1
2007: redshirted due to suspension
- missed 1 game in 2009 with a fractured shoulder blade
- missed spring game in 2008 with a broken collarbone
- missed 4 games in 2011 due to a torn ACL
Broyles is going under the radar because of his knee injury. If not, then he would be talked about as one of the top wideouts in this class. He projects well as a slot receiver at the next level. He's not the most dynamic slot option, even when healthy. He's not going to be the type of guy that scares defenses like a Percy Harvin, but he's a very polished receiver that has very good hands, ball skills, and body control. A guy like Harvin can potentially take it the distance anytime he touches the ball. That's not Broyles, but that doesn't mean he can't make big plays at the next level. His rookie season might be a wash. While he suffered his ACL injury early enough last fall (November) that he could potentially suit up this coming September, he's probably not going to do a lot. He could potentially contribute as a third or fourth slot option for a team, and also help out on special teams. But really 2013 is the year that you circle for him to start to produce. Broyles is going to do very well in an offense that likes to spread the field much like the Sooners did, and he has playmakers on the outside that can leave him in one on one situations in the slot. The players he sort of reminds me of is Wes Welker and Marvin Harrison. That's not to mean I expect Broyles to be as productive as they were during their careers, but I do think he's that rare sort of slot receiver that in the right scheme could catch 70-80 passes. He's a guy that with his quickness and burst can shine on the short routes like Welker. The Harrison comparisons come because of his polish as a receiver, that if he can develop and become a strong route-runner, he'll be able to overcome his lack of size similar to how Harrison did for years. In your average NFL offense, Broyles is probably a 40-50 catch receiver. But in an offense that is going to be a pass-first team that puts three wideouts on the field almost every down, and will want Broyles to help move the chains like Welker does, then I think he has the potential to be a 70 or 80-catch guy. He may not be the prototype for what most teams are looking for, but for the right team he could be a very potent second or third option in the passing game.
Broyles is a potential upgrade over Douglas just because he's a bit more natural a receiver, although Douglas is more explosive. If the Falcons added Broyles, he wouldn't be expected to contribute a ton as a rookie, but could slide in nicely as the No. 4 guy where Weems was. And then a year or two down the line, could really give Douglas a run for his money as the team's primary slot receiver. Like Douglas, he'll be a guy that is going to shine on the shorter stuff. But he could be a nice replacement for Tony Gonzalez as the guy that helps move the chains on third down and be a very difficult matchup for slot corners. And having guys like Jones and White on the outside will definitely give numerous opportunities to be isolated in one on one coverage, which Broyles has the potential to exploit to a much greater degree than Douglas. As a returner, he is more like Weems than a guy that is going to generate a lot of explosive plays there. He doesn't have the sort of explosive capability that he can take it the distance every time he gets it. But he has the potential to be like Weems in that a guy that can consistently get yardage.
If Broyles had never had his injury, he'd be a solid Top 50 draft pick. The fact that he's hurt and may not be 100% by the end of this summer, probably knocks him to being a third rounder. But at any point after that he's a steal.
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After Catch: 7.0
Body Control: 7.0
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