Ask most NFL talent evaluators about Lions WR Ryan Broyles and you are likely to get an answer very similar to this one from longtime Bills and Colts general manager Bill Polian.
“I love Broyles,” he said. “He’s got a chance to be really special.”
Broyles isn’t the biggest slot receiver (5-10, 188) and he’s certainly not the fastest, running on a pair of surgically-repaired knees.
Yet, Broyles is the NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions (349) and second in receiving yards (4,586). The Lions were so keen on him they took him the second round, even though he senior season ended with a torn ACL.
Watch him during training camp and you would never know he is just eighth-plus months out of his second ACL surgery. His route-running is fluid and precise and his ability to find open spaces in the defense is uncanny.