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Prospect Profiles: Ryan Broyles


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-10, 188, 4.5


National Football Post:

Possesses average height for the position with a thinner, yet muscular frame. Isn’t real thick through the waist, but has a strong set of legs and thighs. Is a natural receiver who has a good feel for the pass game, knows how to sit down vs. zone coverage, snap his head around and pluck the football. Exhibits “plus” body control and awareness along the sideline catching the football off his frame and getting his feet in bounds. Doesn’t have the kind of physicality to routinely beat press coverage off the line and will struggle to fend off defenders who get into his frame both off the line and down the field. Doesn’t absorb/fight through contact well and can be slowed through contact.

Displays good speed, not elite, but plays fast on vertically breaking routes. Is subtle/explosive when using a shimmy to get behind defenders and accelerates quickly down the field. However, needs to set up defenders in order to get behind them, doesn’t have the kind of elite second gear to simply outpace NFL corners. Looks natural working the double move, sells it well, maintains balance and quickly gets back up to speed. Possesses good body control on inward breaking routes as well, gets a bit choppy at times getting out of his breaks, but is concise as a route runner, works his angles back toward the quarterback and use his body in order to shield. Showcases good short area quickness out of his breaks, gets a bit sloppy with his angles on outward breaking routes, but is fluid in the hips and generates a burst away from defenders in tight areas. Can create after the catch. Isn’t as dynamic in the open field as many believe. But takes what the defense gives him, has the wiggle to make a man miss and accelerates quickly.

Impression: Isn’t a legit number one type wide out and isn’t a guy who I would even play on the outside in the NFL. However, has the polish and quickness needed to separate underneath and should be a solid contributor early inside for an NFL offense.



• Highly productive
• Loose hips and quick hands and feet
• Natural ball skills
• Terrific balance and body control
• Can “dot the i”
• Elusive and creative after the catch


• Lacks ideal height and is thinly built
• Could stand to polish route running
• Average run strength
• Does not project as impact punt returner
• Underpowered blocker

The Way We See It:

Lean, athletic, instinctive zone beater with playmaking quickness, flexibility and run-after-catch skills supplemented by a gamer’s instincts, competitiveness and toughness. Projects as a slot weapon, though torn left ACL injury could render him a PUP list candidate initially.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Very explosive with the ball in hands – Smooth in and out of his breaks – Precise routes will make him a favorite of many a NFL QB – Good hands – Fearless.

Weaknesses: Small size is a concern – Disrupted by jams and physical corners – Will go down at first contact – Some off-field concerns – ACL injury in November will move him down boards.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Ryan Broyles is a slot receiver prospect. Athletic. Good hands. Quick. Looks a lot like Steve Smith. Some concerns with size, as he’s never going to be an outside receiver. He’s going to have put on some weight. Plus, he tore his ACL in November. Hard to know when he’ll be ready. But based on his skill set, he looks like the prototypical slot receiver. I think he can come in right away and be a weapon on third downs, as well as a weapon after the catch. The injury is an issue. But, his talent is there. He’s a 3rd round pick, who might be available later because of the ACL. If he’s available in the 5th, you run up to go get him, because when he’s healthy, I think he’s a perfect fit for the Giants.




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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Ryan Broyles”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Can we see profiles for Ganaway and Wright from Baylor if you can. Wright might go before we draft, but if not it can be intriguing. Ganaway should go around the 4th and could be Jacobs’ cheap replacement.

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