The NCAA career leader in receptions worked out in front of 12 NFL teams.
NORMAN, Okla. --
The NCAA career leader in receptions, Ryan Broyles, worked out Thursday inside Oklahoma's Everest Training Center in front of scouts representing 12 different NFL franchises.
Less than five months after suffering a torn ACL in Oklahoma's Nov. 5 win over Texas A&M, Broyles clocked a time of 4.57 in the 40-yard dash.
The two-time All-American also recorded a vertical leap of 32.5 inches while weighing in at 188 pounds, his listed playing weight as a senior at Oklahoma, in his biggest test since his injury.
"I feel like today I showed up and showed I've been working hard. I have definitely been timing well. The scouts said the same thing," said Broyles. "They don't expect me to be full speed and I don't expect the same. Being competitive, I wish it was in the 4.3 range. That's not the scenario. It just shows that I am working hard. I am getting my lateral movement back as well."
Following the vertical leap and 40-yard dash, Broyles ran a handful of routes for the NFL representatives in attendance.
"I wanted to keep going. I have been working for months doing all my routes. So for them to cut it short shows that they have respect for me as a ball catcher. I have been working for it," added Broyles. "I have been working hard these past few months just to show that I am a competitor. I am going to compete. I am going to be ready for camp. I am on my way."
Broyles will now continue his preparations for the 2012 NFL Draft, which will be held April 26-28 in New York City. SoonerSports.com will have full coverage throughout the event as Sooners are selected.
|| Broyles Pro Day Quotes
"After my surgery I just wanted to come out and show that I'm competing, that I've been working and not slacking. Just showing the teams that I'm going to be ready for camp when the time comes. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm working for it."
On the NFL scouts only needing to see a few routes:
"For sure. I wanted to keep going. I have been working for months doing all my routes. So for them to cut it short shows that they have respect for me as a ball catcher. I have been working for it."
On what he has been able to do since his surgery:
"I feel like today I showed that I am running. No limp. My body is healing up. They said it's up to eight-to-nine months to recover. I feel that I am ahead of schedule now. Being able to do this, cut and run routes at four-and-a-half months so hopefully that should them something."
On his 40 time today:
"I have been in the 4.4 range before. My left leg is not where I want it to be but that is not expected right now. I still have got to get into the weight room a little bit more. I feel like today I showed up and showed I've been working hard. I have definitely been timing well. The scouts said the same thing. They don't expect me to be full speed. I don't expect the same. Me being competitive, I wish it was in the 4.3 range. That's not the scenario. It just shows that I am working hard. I am getting my lateral movement back as well."
On if he was pain free today:
"I feel good. They cut me short. I feel like I could keep going right now. I have been working hard these past few months just to show that I am a competitor. I am going to compete. I am going to be ready for camp. I am on my way."
On where he has been working out and what was the reaction at the combine:
"I was out in Southern California for two months leading up to the combine. Ever since then, I have been back here working out. I can't dictate my past. I can't change that. What happened, happened. I am bouncing back. I am striving to be a better person and a better player. I am going to do that everyday. They don't expect me to be full speed like I said. I went out there and I got to do the bench, I did the wonderlic, I showed up well at those events. I think I did well in the interviews so they know that I am a character guy. I won't be bringing any baggage along. I am just looking forward to the future."
On how it feels getting back out there today:
"It's emotional. I have just been working so hard. Really just coming out here to show that I am coming up to speed and I am on my way. It feels good to do that. I am going to rest up until the draft and then get back at it."
On what it has taken to get to this point after the injury:
"I probably started running three weeks early that's why I am looking so well right now. I pushed through the pain. Now the pain is going away which is a blessing. I am a fast healer that's why I was able to do what I could today. It's an emotional time for me. I am glad that I could come out and show a little bit."
On how much longer his recovery will take:
"I definitely have to get stronger. I am four-and-a-half months out. It takes about six months, they say. About another month-and-a-half I will feel a lot better about my leg. I felt like I was moving as fast as I could today. I am not where I want to be. I just wanted to show the scouts that came a long way to see me so I wanted to show them that I was working hard.