With the 54th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Broyles was thought of as a 1st round talent heading into his senior season at Oklahoma, but suffered a torn ACL mid-season, which caused his stock to drop.
In his time at Oklahoma, Broyles was absolutely prolific. He had 15 touchdowns in his sophomore year, 14 in his junior year, and 10 in just nine games in his senior year before he tore his ACL. Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about Broyles before the draft.
Strengths: Possesses exceptional hands and routinely catches the ball outside his frame. Tough for a player of his size. Doesn't mind getting hit when working the middle. Has returned punts. Broyles is at his best playing out of the slot when he can work over the middle, underneath.
Weaknesses: The big, obvious negative that holds Broyles down is his size. He can have trouble getting open over the top, isn't a jump ball target and won't break many tackles. Has an injury history (torn ACL in 2011, broken collarbone in 2009) and character issues (arrested for stealing gas as a freshman).
Broyles joins first rounder OT Riley Reiff on the Lions.