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Former Lions 2nd-round pick Ryan Broyles entering XFL draft

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The former Lions is getting a second chance at football.

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Way back in 2012, the Detroit Lions drafted Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles in the hopes he would be a solid complement to stud receiver Calvin Johnson. The second-round pick never lived up to hopes, however, as he would only start six games in his NFL career, pulling in just 32 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons.

Broyles was released in 2015 and never got a second chance with any other NFL team. However, Broyles will get another chance at making football a career again. The XFL announced on Tuesday that Broyles is among a ton of players who will enter their draft pool.

The XFL draft is scheduled for October 15 and 16 and will feature 70 rounds split into five phases: skill players, offensive line, defensive front seven, defensive backfield, and all remaining players.

For Broyles, it will be an opportunity to reignite his football career. At 31 years old, Broyles has been out of football for four years, pursuing a career in real estate, instead. It will be interesting to see if he still has something left in the tank on the football field.