OU's Ryan Broyles drafted by Detroit Lions in second round
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Friday, April 27, 2012
4/28/12 at 5:11 AM
Ryan Broyles became the first Oklahoma Sooner selected in the 2012 NFL draft Friday night, going late in the second round at No. 54 overall to the Detroit Lions.
It is an intriguing pick for a team that already seems loaded in the passing game, with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing to the likes of All Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson and blossoming tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Now, the Lions add the all-time leading receiver in NCAA Div. I history.
Broyles caught 349 passes for 4,586 yards in his four years at OU. He was an All-American his final two seasons, despite having his senior campaign cut short four games by a knee injury against Texas A&M.
Broyles worked feverishly to rehabilitate the knee, and put it on display at his own personal pro day in Norman on April 12. The Lions weren't among the 12 NFL teams in attendance that morning, but that apparently didn't matter when it came to making their second pick in this year's draft.
Detroit selected Iowa tackle Riley Reiff in the first round Thursday night.
Ryan Broyles, shown scoring a touchdown against Kansas last season, was drafted 54th overall by the Detroit Lions on Friday. Tulsa World/Stephen Pingry