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Drafted By: Eagles

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Grade
82.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Boykin is one of the best athletes in the draft with superior quickness and leaping ability to make up for his lack of diminutive stature. He has also spent some time on offense as a slot receiver and return man, which makes him an intriguing multi-dimensional weapon for the Eagles.

  • 5'9" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 182LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Boykin, a three-year starter, is a superior athlete who stands out even in the highly athletic SEC. He relies on speed and quick feet in coverage, and is a very flexible mover. He will have to raise his game in the NFL, but would be an intriguing prospect for a team willing to overlook his stature and wait for him to refine his technique. He can play in the nickel position immediately and should be selected in the middle of the third round.

Analysis

Strengths

Boykin is the perfect athlete for the corner position. He makes hip-flipping and backpedaling look natural, and has the elasticity to mirror closely in man-to-man coverage. He is shorter than many corners, but regularly used his leaping ability and body control to intercept passes and tipped balls at Georgia. He is a burner who will be able to stay with almost any receiver in the NFL, and excels at trailing wideouts throughout their routes. He is a cover corner who can also play well up-close despite his smaller size.

Weaknesses

Boykin is not very big, measuring in at 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds. He isn't a very strong tackler, sometimes falling off of opponents, and often has to drag players down. He can be slow to react to balls even when running side-by-side with a receiver. He will likely struggle against the NFL's bigger, more physical wideouts.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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