Ryan Broyles was considered a potential first round pick before the 2011 College Football season, but he suffered a season ending injury. Broyles is arguably the most productive player in college football history, and that’s not an overstatement. A savvy route runner who is tough and has hands made of glue, Broyles should be a terrific foil (not sure that is the right word-use addition if it’s not) to Calvin Johnson.
Live draft grade: B
Not my best player on the board, but good value. Had Broyles not get injured he could have gone higher, but I think he’s not a number one type WR. Just a very reliable number two WR. Still the bust fact of this pick is exceedingly minimal. Good solid pick by the Lions. The Lions will need to turn to the defense at some point in this draft.