Photo of Josh Boyd
Grade
69.8 ?
  • 5.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

While scouts flocked to Starkville to see burgeoning first-round defensive tackle Fletcher Cox attack quarterbacks last fall, they couldn’t help but notice the play of the Bulldogs’ high-motor starting nose tackle. Boyd decided not to leave for the NFL with his fellow junior after the season, in hopes of even bettering his draft stock as a senior.



The U.S. Army All-American racked up an astounding 266 tackles in his final two high school years before eschewing offers from just about every SEC school to attend MSU. Boyd was rewarded for buying into head coach Dan Mullen’s system, played in every game (with three starts) and making 17 tackles. He took over the full-time starter job as a sophomore, racking up 24 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 13 games, and then saw his production rise again in 2011 (51 tackles, eight for loss, 5.5 sacks). As a senior, Boyd's numbers dropped off a bit as a senior, as he only nabbed 33 tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Has ever-churning legs that continually keeps his feet moving while engaged to press the pocket and when chasing ballcarriers down the line. Flashes a burst off the line, keeps pad level low. Maintains leverage, holds up at the point. Displays a nice swim move to beat blockers. Flashes the quickness to attack gaps on zone runs and spin off blocks to get into plays when singled up.

Weaknesses

His average size can be an issue when facing stronger, longer interior offensive linemen (not to mention strong doubles) who can land their punches to send him backwards. Does move to his sides very well, lacks agility. Doesn't display the speed to pursue. Scouts aren’t sure if Boyd can be a true three-technique, either, meaning he’ll be limited to a one-gap nose tackle role.

NFL Comparison

Anthony Adams

Bottom Line

Boyd’s average size might scare off teams who aren’t sure if he’s athletic enough to make the switch to the three-technique spot, but some NFL coach will push his general manager to use a mid-round pick on his constant motor – especially if he again produces (eight for loss, 5.5 sacks in 2011) without first-round pick Fletcher Cox garnering extra attention this fall.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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