Pride Of Detroit is counting down the top 10 Detroit Lions players of 2013, as voted on by readers of the site. 1,051 ballots were submitted, and up first is a look at the No. 10 player on the list.
No. 10 - WR Ryan Broyles - 1,949 points
The first player on the Top 10 Lions of 2013 is wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was included on 468 of the 1,051 ballots. He didn't receive any first-place votes, but he was listed second on six ballots. He racked up 1,949 points thanks in part to 57 fourth-place votes, 46 fifth-place votes, 69 sixth-place votes and 79 seventh-place votes.
Broyles, who was 23rd on last year's edition of this list, is No. 10 this year despite only playing in 10 games during his rookie season. It took Broyles a while to get up to full speed since he had to come back from tearing his ACL at Oklahoma. Once Broyles became more involved in the offense, he quickly showed why the Lions made him a second-round pick. He finished 2012 with 22 catches for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Broyles' numbers would have been much more impressive had he not torn his other ACL in early December. The injury brought his season to an early end, and it forced him to spend yet another offseason rehabbing a serious knee injury. The good news is that Broyles already seems to have made a lot of progress in his recovery from this injury considering he was able to take part in the Lions' minicamp in June.
Once Broyles is 100 percent healthy this year, he will be expected to once again serve as one of Matthew Stafford's favorite targets in the Lions offense. Hopes are quite high for Broyles, and he has already received a lot of hype, as evidenced by him landing 10th on this list.