New Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles held a conference call with the media after he was picked 54th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. The transcript of the call, via the Lions, is below.
On how much of a surprise it was going in 2nd round: "It's a great deal. I just put my head down and just worked as hard as I could after I got hurt. If I'm hurt or not I feel like I'm gonna be a big competitor. Right after I get healed up so I'm just looking forward to the opportunity and I'm glad that the Detroit Lions felt that I was a guy that is capable of coming back from an injury. I'm just excited right now."
On when he hopes to be ready: "I can't give you a time table. I'm in the therapy as hard as I can. I'm on pace. I showed a little bit during pro day that I'm on pace to be ready for training camp so I'm just looking forward to this opportunity."
On where he is in his rehab: "I'm back to doing everything normal. All the weight room stuff, all the running stuff. I'm getting my flexibility back as well. I'm on pace. I look good and feel better than ever right now to be honest."
On knee injury ruining him being a first round pick: "I'm not a guy that's going to hang his head I'm just blessed to be in this position that I'm in right now. All I know how to do is work and I feel like God is taking care of the rest."
On playing with Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and Titus Young and what he can contribute: "I just feel like I'm gonna put my head down and work as hard as I can; I'm blessed to be in this opportunity. There's great guys around me and I'm sure I'm going to learn a great deal from these guys that have been in the league with the Lions. I'm looking forward to this offseason and going into the season."
On time of injury: "I jumped up and I felt in my knee that something wasn't right. I got to the sideline, I'm a warrior so I was like I can still do this, then the doctor said no and checked my legs out and all the time I'm being positive saying I can get back in and he told me I tore my ACL. From that point on I knew I had to work nothing different in my mind. I always knew football was gonna be there."
On if he thought it was going to ruin his future career-wise: "No I never thought long term. I know guys get hurt in their knees all the time. I hung my head, I cried a little bit because I knew that I came back with my team this season to make a run for the national championship with my teammates. We fell short of that obviously, but yeah that was the biggest thing knowing I couldn't finish my senior season with those guys."
On if he talked to anyone to get through injury: "I'm pretty motivated myself and the Lord's on my side. So whatever comes my way I'm gonna tackle it. I've had multiple guys reach out to me. Wes Walker did, great guy, he hit me up with an email and said he'd been through the same thing just buckle down and get back and obviously we've seen the way he's played over the last year so that was definitely encouraging."
On if he's more comfortable running from the inside: "I feel like I'm a wide receiver. You put me on the field inside, outside, you give me a job to do I'm gonna do the best I can with my abilities. I don't like to stereotype inside outside guys. Basically my whole career at OU they said I'm a smaller guy so they automatically want to stick me in the slot, but I feel like I can be dangerous on both sides."
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