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Broyles suffers season-ending ACL tear

Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:15 pm
 
Oklahoma senior receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of the Sooners' 41-25 victory over Texas A&M, Saturday.

Broyles was helped to the locker room after being initially attended to on the sideline by the school medical staff. Doctors performed ligament tests. Shortly thereafter Broyles was caught by television cameras crying.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles is the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship.

Broyles had already caught 266 passes for 3,429 yards and 35 touchdowns heading into this season. With his extensive playing time, scouts knew his game, so the All-American wasn't likely to improve his draft stock much. Broyles has good overall athleticism and is reliable route-runner and generally sure-handed receiver. His ceiling was limited as he lacks elite size and speed.

Broyles is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated receiver and 50th prospect, overall.

Including the first three quarters against Texas A&M (two catches for 87 yards), Broyles had caught 81 passes for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He redshirted in 2007 and, considering his 44 career starts, isn't likely to be given a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA for an injury sustained this late in the season.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The injury, unfortunately, could prove disastrous for his draft stock. The normal timetable for surgery to repair an ACL tear is at least six months. The 2012 NFL Draft is just few weeks more away than that.

Even worse for Broyles, assuming a few of the top-rated underclassmen leave school early, wide receiver will be among the strongest position groups for the 2012 draft. As such, an injured star -- even one with Broyles' jaw-dropping production -- could slip into the third day of the draft... or worse.
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