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OU's Broyles runs 4.57, solidifies mid-round status

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com

Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles shouldn't be surprised if he's celebrating April 27 after turning in an effort he's very happy with on Thursday.

Not a first-round prospect because of his size and average speed, Broyles is admittedly quicker than he is fast, a precise route-runner whose quickness in short areas helps him elude tacklers after separating from coverage.

He showed more than adequate speed Thursday at his delayed pro day, clocking at 4.57 seconds in the 40 and a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump at 5-10, 191 pounds.

The all-time leading receiver in NCAA history suffered a devastating knee injury (torn left ACL) in November, ending hsi 2011 season, and was an observer at the Combine and OU's initial pro day.

Broyles lacks the bulk and speed to be drafted early, but teams looking for a slot receiver who could also help in the return game should consider him beginning in the third round.

Before his workout, Broyles was in the 3-4 round range and 14th overall among wide receivers in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings.

A few teams to watch in round three: Pittsburgh at No. 86, two spots ahead of where Mike Wallace (86th, 2009) was drafted and Denver at No. 87 would love to add an advanced route-runner and slot receiving option at this stage of the draft only after filling greater needs up top. But clubs well ahead of them -- Buffalo (71), Miami (72, 73), Houston (76) and Chicago (79) have more immediate receiver concerns and could be shopping the middle rounds if they miss out on top-ranked receivers in the first round.

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