LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 15: Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after making a touchdown catch during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Just about as soon as the Detroit Lions went on the clock at No. 54 overall, their pick was turned in. That made it pretty clear the Lions got the guy they wanted, and that guy turned out to surprisingly be Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles.
This pick came as a complete shock based on the players who were still available. Guys like Peter Konz, Trumaine Johnson and Lavonte David were all there, but the Lions opted to go with Broyles, giving themselves another receiver to add into the mix.
There's no doubting Broyles' production at Oklahoma. He had 349 career catches for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. Those numbers were in spite of him having his senior season cut a bit short, too. Last November, he tore his ACL, which begs the following question: When will Broyles even be able to get on the field to play a game at full strength?
This is a real head-scratcher for me. Broyles is a slot type of wide receiver, so I'm not sure what that means for Nate Burleson. Are the Lions drafting Broyles to eventually take over for Burleson? Perhaps, but I think they could've gotten much better value for somebody else at pick No. 54.
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