Twentyman: TCU DE Braylon Broughton visits Lions facility

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Defensive end Braylon Broughton never fulfilled his full potential at Texas Christian University.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has all the physical tools to be a dominant pass rusher, but it never came together on the field for him at TCU.

"It was probably me just not taking the time out to learn the defense as much as I should have," he told Monday as he visited the team's practice facility in Allen Park as one of their allotted 30 pre-draft visits.

"I have the talent, I just have to put all the knowledge on the field at one time and that kind of held me back a little bit."

Broughton played in all 13 games (five starts) for TCU last season with 25 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks.

Though those numbers don't jump off the page, NFL teams stood up and took notice of Broughton after he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at TCU's Pro Day on March 9. Someone Broughton's size showcasing that kind of speed will certainly peak the interest of most teams.

"Some eyes popped out when they saw that," Broughton said of his Pro Day workout. "I've gotten a lot of calls now, but whenever they turn on the film they're going to see a lot of me chasing down quarterbacks."

Broughton said he has a number of visits scheduled over the next couple weeks, but his visit to Allen Park was his first.

Broughton is big and fast and has a lot of upside. Most draft analysts project him to go off the board somewhere between the fifth and seventh rounds.

When asked what his biggest asset would be to whatever team drafts him, Broughton said:  "A lot of potential that hasn't been tapped yet."