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Grade
5.45 ?
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 3/4" Arm Length
  • 222LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

First quarterback in ACC history with 30-plus touchdown passes in three seasons. Set an ACC record with 107 career touchdown passes. Was named the 2012 ACC Player of the Year. 2013: Second-team All-ACC selection, and finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award and Manning Award. 2012: Semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (given to nation's top QB), and was a first-team All-ACC selection. Responsible for an ACC-record 46 touchdowns (breaking his own record from 2011). 2011: Semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award as well as the Maxwell Award (nation's top player), and was a first-team All-ACC pick. Responsible for a then-ACC-record 38 touchdowns. MVP os ACC Championship Game againt Virginia Tech. 2010: Played in seven games and was a Future Impact Player Award winner. 2009: Redshirted. High school: Won two state championships.

Analysis

Strengths

Sets quickly. Can sling it when he’s in rhythm and has a clean pocket. Good zip short-to-intermediate. Can launch deep throws 60-plus yards and flashes touch to drop it in the bucket. Shows composure in the face of a blitz and is willing to take a hit to make a play. Makes plays with his feet, be it rolling the pocket, extending plays or throwing on the move (left or right). Slippery and elusive to escape the rush and is a threat to tuck and dash for the sticks. Good straight-line speed and run strength for a quarterback (will lower his shoulder on defenders). Team captain and three-year starter. Terrific football character. Is universally liked and will be a godsend for the P.R. staff.

Weaknesses

Does not look the part -- lacks ideal height and weight tends to fluctuate (nicknamed “Fat Boy” by teammates). Throws with a low elbow and sails downfield throws -- can improve his accuracy. Inconsistent decision-making. Did not take snaps under center in a pistol, read-option offense and production was inflated by NFL-caliber skill players. Will require patience adapting to pro-style passing. Needs to quicken his eyes and expand his field vision. Does not always see the overhanging safety or short-hole defender. Tends to read first and second options before fleeing the pocket. Durability could be a concern given his style -- needs to learn to slide.

Bottom Line

Difficult to prepare for and difficult to block, Boyd is a short, athletic, strong-armed quarterback with Wildcat value and starter potential in a vertical-power system, though he is the type you look to replace. The success of Russell Wilson likely helps Boyd’s cause, but he is not as polished and might be better suited as a backup.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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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