Jay Norvell used to coach Marvin Harrison from 1998-2001, where he made three Pro Bowls with the Indianapolis Colts. Norvell now serves as the wide receivers coach for the Oklahoma Sooners, where he coached all of Ryan Broyles' college career there.

Broyles was later drafted by the Detroit Lions and is currently recovering from an injury. He looks to make much impact once he returns to the field.

According to Norvell, seeing Broyles play draws comparisons to Harrison. 

“[Broyles] is very similar to Marvin in his intellect and the way that he sees the game,” he told The Detroit Free Press. “His mind is always racing at 100 mph, trying to evaluate the next step, the next play, the next opportunity. And that’s the way Marvin was. He was always surveying the field and making split-second decisions before they happened. That’s an ability.”

Many think Broyles' explosiveness could be diminished since he is recovering from a torn ACL that forced to miss the rest of his senior season. However, Norvell thinks he can overcome it.

“He broke his scapula two years ago against Miami and he came back in like two weeks and played against Texas and really played his tail off. Had a huge play, about 60 yards, and he was really out there with one arm playing. But it just shows his competitiveness and toughness. He’s highly, highly competitive.”

What do you think of Norvell's comments? Can Broyles live up to his expectations of a future Hall-of-Famer?

Too early to tell, but with those comments, many are going to pay much attention to his career and his rookie season.

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