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OU football: Receiver Ryan Broyles has worked his way to the NFL Draft

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: April 23, 2012

The NCAA's all-time leading receiver will get his opportunity to play in the NFL.

Regardless of what round Ryan Broyles is selected later this week, the owner of most of Oklahoma's receiving records will attend a training camp in late July.

All the hard work pays off this week. The star receiver that began his career at OU redshirting after a police-blotter incident matured into a high-character leader, something that will benefit him as a pro.

Broyles is projected to be selected in the third round but could go earlier Friday night.

Two months ago he didn't participate in the stop-watch portion of the NFL combine but scored well on the Wonderlic and other areas like bench strength.

“I think I did well in the interviews,” Broyles said. “They know I'm a character guy and won't be bringing any baggage. I'm looking forward to the future.”

His only baggage came when fresh out of Norman High School when he was charged with attempted larceny. Broyles was caught with a key and passcode to override a gas pump at a Norman station.

As punishment, OU coaches forced Broyles to redshirt during his freshman season. He used the year as motivation, eventually setting freshman receiving records. He then hauled in 89 catches his sophomore year, 131 his junior year.

On pace for another 100-plus catch season, Broyles suffered a torn ACL last season against Texas A&M. Just like that his record-breaking collegiate career was over.

Broyles, though, diligently has worked the past five months to take the next step.

He worked out a couple of months in southern California leading up to the NFL Combine in February and has continued his regimen in Norman the past two months.

Returning three weeks earlier than expected to run the 40-yard dash, Broyles eased some concerns with a 4.57-second 40. It was slightly slower than his usual time but solid for a player still rehabbing.

“I ran with no limp,” Broyles said. “My body is healing up. They say it (normally) is eight to nine months to recover. I feel I'm ahead of schedule, being able to cut and run routes after 41/2 months. Hopefully that showed them something...

“I've been in the 4.4s before. My left leg isn't where I wanted to be. But that's not expected right now. I still have to get in the weight room a little bit more.”

His speedy recovery isn't the only things scouts likely noticed.

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Career NFL statistics and round drafted of Oklahoma wide receivers in the Bob Stoops era.

Player (round drafted) -- Rec. -- Yards -- TDs

Mark Clayton (1) -- 260 -- 3,448 -- 14

Brandon Jones (3) -- 113 -- 1,398 -- 9

Mark Bradley (2) -- 92 -- 1,283 -- 9

Malcolm Kelly (2) -- 28 -- 365 -- 0

Manuel Johnson (7) -- 1 -- 6 -- 0

Juaquin Iglesias (3) -- 0 -- 0 -- 0

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