Stoops offers Broyles and Lewis NFL advice

Oklahoma fans are forced to hold their breath until perhaps as late as Jan. 15, the deadline for early entrants to declare for April's NFL Draft.

Sooners linebacker Travis Lewis and receiver Ryan Broyles, both juniors, reiterated throughout the week before the Fiesta Bowl, and after the game, that they're undecided and still pondering their futures.

At least one person with influence has weighed in with the pair on the situation: their coach, Bob Stoops.

During an informal session on Sunday, Stoops told reporters he advised both Lewis and Broyles to stay at Oklahoma for their senior seasons. Neither player has received their projection back from the draft's advisory committee, but a former member of the committee told The Oklahoman that he'd project Broyles as a late second round pick.

In late September, ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had Broyles as his No. 24 overall prospect, but dropped him out of his top 25 after Texas' defense blanketed Broyles with bracket coverage and held the receiver to a season-low 36 yards on five catches.

Stoops also told reporters that Broyles is close to finishing his degree.

"It’s got to be his choice," Stoops told reporters. "But he’ll be smart about it."

Lewis hinted all week that he was leaning toward staying, but never explicitly commented either way. Both will get a chance to take several days to reach a decision.