Yesterday’s prospect profile came from a recent pick for the Lions in #MockThree, the interactive mock draft that brings together people from all over the internet, as is today’s.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Weight: 192 lbs
Bench Press: 21 reps
I know what you’re thinking, “another wide receiver? Who’s running that thing, Matt Millen?” No, the Lions team is led by Michael Schottey and consists of assistant general managers Josh Liskiewitz, Ty Schalter and yours truly. Chuckles aside, the Lions have taken a wide receiver in the last five drafts (Calvin Johnson, Kenneth Moore, Derrick Williams, Tim Toone and Titus Young). Michael Schottey included the following reasoning when submitting the pick:
Before his injury, Ryan Broyles was a legit 1st round prospect. The Lions are taking a shot here that could pay dividends. Does Detroit NEED another wide receiver? No. But, can the Lions offense find room for another talented weapon? Of course.
The Lions roster is largely in a position where the team just has to continue building depth. That’s a great thing to do with a fourth round pick, and definitely something we discussed prior to taking Broyles with the 22nd pick in the fourth round. However, Ryan Broyles became the pick for his potential to pay bigger dividends than a backup linebacker or developmental offensive lineman.
Some scouting reports note concerns about his size but the biggest reason he could fall to the final day of the draft is a late-season ACL tear. The injury has kept him out of all pre-draft workouts so far but he is scheduled to hold a private workout later this week. He has never been known as a burner so posting just a decent time in the 40-yard dash could elevate his draft stock.
Broyles would solidify the Lions’ receiving corps as the fourth man on the depth chart and take over in Nate Burleson’s role down the line. He’s most effective working out of the slot and able to find the soft spots in zone coverage. With an elite set of hands, Ryan Broyles is able to catch anything that comes near him and he has the quickness to turn the play into something more despite not having great straight-line speed.